Bio


Jim was born Jewish, christened Roman Catholic, baptized Baptist and received his doctorate from a Presbyterian Seminary. (He’s ecumenical.)

Having lived through a tumultuous childhood — riddled with divorces, adoption and more divorces — he has had two mothers, seven fathers and a host of step, half and adopted siblings. (He’s sympathetic.) He was married in 1982 and he and his wife have three daughters — one born in 1987 and twins born in 1989. (He’s broke.)

He is a graduate of Georgia State University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Columbia Theological Seminary. He has enjoyed post-graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew College, Macon State College and the Mercy Center. (He’s educated.)

Jim is currently a writer, conference speaker, church consultant and creative partner at Faithlab.  He has served as a staff minister at Parkwood Hills Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia and Marietta, Georgia’s First Baptist Church. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Baxley, Georgia (7 years) and Highland Hills Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia for more than 14 years.  Concurrent with pastoral work, he has spent the last seventeen years lecturing as an adjunct professor at Brewton Parker College (4 years) and then Mercer University. (He’s experienced.)

He’s written five books, several series of curriculum, numerous articles and essays…and a poem for Highlights magazine when he was nine years old. (He’s published.)

Jim drives a convertible VW Beetle to work, has been known to ride motorcycles on the weekends, is an avid concert attendee (from Ani Difranco to the Atlanta Symphony), an ironman triathlete, a student of the classical guitar, claims to excel at Texas Hold’em Poker, reads, writes (but doesn’t like arithmetic) and is enamored with the Hebrew language. (He’s fun.)

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