Jim came to Christ as an adult, working in a shoe store in a mall in Cleveland. He got to know a man who worked in a Christian bookstore. This man witnessed to Jim, and eventually Jim accepted Christ as Lord of his life. He then transferred to Cedarville University in Ohio. While at Cedarville, Jim met his wife Janice while working on a Christian ministry team.
After college, Jim worked in a public accounting firm in Long Island, New York, but he began to feel a desire to use his accounting background to serve in Christian ministry. In 1995, Jim began to work for Village Missions. He was part of the transition from the Stonecroft office in Kansas City. In 1996 Jim and Janice moved their family to Dallas, Oregon, to work in the International Service Center.
Jim and Janice have three sons: T.J., Trevor, and Trey. They enjoy playing and refereeing soccer, as well as participating in triathlons and biking together.