Born - January 19, 1944
Married 1976 to Ceecy
Three grown children - Daniel, Deborah, David
Iowa State University (BS 1967)
Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM 1971)
Southern Bible Training School (1969-71)
Instructor of theology in an African American lay training school in the inner city of Dallas Texas while a seminary student.
Part time faculty at UNC continuing education in religion
Jim has worked with the department of religion at the University of North Carolina in conjunction with the National Humanities Center on projects related to public education and religion as well as church - state relations. This work included, lectures, consulting, and critiquing post-graduate projects.
Chapel Hill Bible Church (1971-1999)
For nearly three decades Jim has been a teaching pastor of the Chapel Hill Bible Church near the campus of the University of North Carolina and Duke University. He was instrumental in starting this congregation in 1971 with a group of about 20 students and young faculty. At present, the ministry has grown to include some 2000 individuals. The church is broadly evangelical in its theology, nondenominational in its affiliation, open minded in its learning style, lay centered in its ministry, and ecumenical in its community involvement. While no longer the teaching pastor of the congregation, Jim continues to have a teaching ministry in the church and devotes a large part of his time to writing.
Jim has provided professional consulting services to a number of congregations that have worked through transitions in pastoral leadership.
Jim was honored to give this weeklong lecture series at Western Seminary in Portland Oregon. His subject was "Repentance - the neglected discipline"
Put Your Best Foot Forward, abingdon press, 1994
This book is a part of Lyle Shaller’s series on the church in the Third Millennium and reviews six styles of congregational life in the United States.
Jim has contributed several articles to this widely read national journal on subjects related to congregational life and ministry.
Quest Study Bible, zondrvan, 1994
Jim was a contributing editor to the notes on the Old Testament books of Ruth and Exodus in this popular study Bible.
Jim was one of thirty Christian leaders asked to contribute chapters to this anthology.
Lessons in Leadership, edited by Randal Roberts, kregel, 1999
Jim was one of fifty Christian leaders asked to “Share their wisdom on ministry” in this series of essays
Peace Seekers, Light Messages, 2010
This is the first in a two book series on Grace and Peace with the subtitle - Perfect Peace for Imperfect People in an Imperfect World.
Peace Makers, Light Messages, 2011
This is the second in a two book series on Grace and Peace with the subtitle - Imperfect People Making Peace in an Imperfect World.
Some authors who have influenced my thinking
Millard Erickson, (I find myself in general agreement with Dr. Erickson on most issues both in terms of content and style of expression.)
Others who impress me - Edward Carnell, Carl F.H. Henry, Thomas C. Oden, Alister McGrath
Chuck Colson, Richard Newhouse, Alister McGrath (I greatly respect the sensitivity and insight with which each of these men express the Christian's posture toward the world).
Larry Crabb (I admire his style of communication, his growth process, and the way he has integrated his faith into the psychological areas of life.)
D.A. Carson, N.T. Wright (I find these men to be not only brilliant but also fair and faithful in applying the Word of God to the questions of modern life.)
Fulton J Sheen, Richard Foster, C.S. Lewis, Clark Pinnock (These people, for different reasons, have impressed me and modeled aspects of spirituality that I admire)