Jim first came to Geneva as a UW graduate student planning on
an academic career. However, participation at Geneva led Jim to ask new
questions about his life goals and vocation. After discerning a call to
pastoral ministry, he left Madison in 2009 to serve two churches in New
York before returning to Geneva in September 2017, first as an Associate Pastor and as Lead Pastor since September 2021. He loves declaring the riches of God’s grace in the person and work of
Jesus, and examining every area of life through the lens of faith. He
also enjoys engaging popular culture through film, reading, and music,
and studying the spirituality of the early church.
Jim was born in La Jolla, California and spent his high school and
college years in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the
University of North Carolina-Asheville (B.A., Philosophy), Westminster
Theological Seminary (M.Div., Theology & Pastoral Care), and the
University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., Hebrew & Semitic Studies). Jim is currently a student at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in the Doctor of Ministry program.
Jim’s wife, Linda, is a Special Education Teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and they have three children. When he is not hiking with his family or at a concert, Jim can be found tending his small flock of backyard chickens.