Fr. Jim attended college at Oklahoma Baptist University and worked as a youth minister in the late 1980’s. He went on to attend seminary at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky while working as a pastor at West Fork Baptist Church in Southern Indiana. Fr. Jim graduated from SBTS in 1994 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to train and work as a chaplain for the Emory University Hospital System. While working at Emory, he made the switch from the Baptist Church to the Episcopal Church and was received on Easter Sunday in 1996. He began attending the General Theological Seminary in 2000 and graduated in May 2001. After Seminary, he worked as an associate priest at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta, Georgia and later as the Native American Missioner for the Diocese of Oklahoma, where he remained until accepting the call from Trinity. Fr. Jim is married to JoBeth and they have two school aged children, Sophia and Luke.