Jim grew up in a small town under the loving training of a dedicated father and a praying Mother. He came to know Jesus personally as a teenager. His wife Kim was blessed with a long heritage in the Christian faith. They married in 1976. After 40 years of marriage they have three sons, three daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren (of whom they will gladly show you pictures.) in 2015, Jim and Kim moved to Kim’s home town of Goldsboro, NC after years of living wherever God’s call took them. In addition to ministry, Jim enjoys golf, woodworking and playing with his grand kids.
Jim entered full-time ministry very young. He became lead pastor of Cypress Chapel Church at age 19. After seven years of pastoring small town churches, Jim and Kim followed God’s call to serve as missionaries to the Philippines. During those years, God blessed tehm to lead in the planting of 67 churches and the formation of two Bible Colleges.
In 1989, Jim and Kim moved their family to Chesapeake, VA to launch Community Church at Western Branch, a church committed to reaching unchurched, unsaved people. During the nearly 25 years they led the church, it grew to into a cell-based church with more than 4,000 active attenders. In 2014, after a three year succession process, Michael Brueseke assumed the role of Senior Pastor. The church continues to flourish under the new leadership.
In 2007, Jim founded the Acts 2 Network, a church planting movement dedicated to launching churches who are committed to restoring the dynamics of the original Acts 2 church in our times. A2N has a goal of planting 100 churches with 77 having been planted as of 2015. Jim continues to serve as Executive Director.
Jim currently serves on the Senior Leadership Team of the Bridge, a multi-site church in Eastern North Carolina.
In addition to the education gleaned from 45 years of ministry, Jim holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Religious Education, a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministries in Christian Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.