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Pastor of Care & Outreach
Pastor Jim grew up outside Detroit, MI, and graduated from the Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He served 15 years with CRU at the University of Illinois, then as Campus Director at Florida State University, Area Director of Indiana and Ohio, and Regional Director and National Team member of Western States. Indiana was where he met, dated and married Jeannie, who also was a CRU staff member. (Jeannie grew up in Iowa and Wisconsin, graduating from UW Eau Claire.)
Jeannie and Pastor Jim have five children – four married (Ryan in Des Moines, Nathan in Denver, Kristen in White Bear Lake and Erin) and one unmarried (Tyler). They have eight grandchildren – three in Des Moines, two in Denver and three in White Bear Lake.
Outside of his ministry and family, many of Pastor Jim’s interests revolve around sports: golf, tennis, and ice skating. He still keeps up with the Spartans of his alma mater as well as the Detroit Red Wings hockey team (he used to be a hockey player himself). He said his dad’s roots in Alabama also plugged him into NASCAR. (Ask him sometime about his participation as a driver in the Faster Pastor race at the Cedar Lake Speedway near Sommerset!) Pastor Jim also admits to having a love/hate relationship with yard work and small construction projects!
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