Jim is from Missouri (not his fault—got to Texas ASAP) where he was raised on a farm (which will explain a lot) by godly parents. He and his wife Judy moved to Lubbock in January of 1994 and consider themselves West Texans. They have three married children, all serving the Lord in various capacities, and 8 grandchildren.
When Jim was 7 he realized his need for Christ because he was terrified of dying during a thunderstorm. His mother took him onto her lap and explained how to be saved. He prayed that night and asked Jesus to save him from his sins. After that was settled, he climbed the stairs to his bedroom and proceeded to sleep peacefully the rest of the night. (Judy will testify that he sleeps through most storms.)
While in college he began pastoring a church 125 miles away from the college. He and Judy would get up early every Sunday, make the long commute, arriving in time for Sunday school and worship. They’d spend the day with different families and return home after the evening worship. The church was Elk Creek Baptist Church and he performed his first 13 baptisms in Elk Creek where the community swam. Since then he has pastored First Baptist Church of Bryson, Texas; First Baptist, Burns Flat, Oklahoma; Knob Hill Baptist, Oklahoma City; Woodland Acres Baptist, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Indiana Avenue Baptist of Lubbock. Since January of 2006 he has been on staff at Bacon Heights as the Executive Pastor.
After 34 consecutive years as a senior pastor, Jim was burned out, beat up and weary (not a great recruitment statement for young folks considering ministry, but truthful). God revealed to him that He hadn't forgotten about him but had planned a rest and had new things to teach him. Jim resigned his pastorate and spent two years in the market place, first serving as a consultant for a financial institution, then selling medical equipment. He traveled extensively and got a different world view. His view of people separated from Jesus changed as he heard their stories. Many had been hurt by church folks who were only living out a portion of the Great Commission. Seems like they got the going, telling and baptizing down pat but forgot about the obedience role; e.g. “Teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” He’s intent upon changing the way we “do church.” God called him back into ministry through the loving family of God known as Bacon Heights Baptist Church.
In his current role as Executive Pastor he serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the church and works as a support for the Senior Pastor. He oversees the staff, budget, buildings and occasionally gets to preach and teach. He’s active in the community serving on various committees for the Chamber of Commerce. He’s also an officer with the City of Lubbock, serving on the Community Development and Services Board. He wants to make a difference in Lubbock.
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