Jim began his physical life in North Dakota and his spiritual life in northern Minnesota, growing up next to the Chippewa Indian Reservation. During his early teen years, he was intensely interested in spiritual things and set out on a spiritual journey to find out the truth about religion or the strength of any belief system.
After wading through everything from atheism to eastern mysticism, it was at a Christian camp during high school the speaker challenged him about what God thought of his life. The speaker talked about God's love and His desire to be reconciled to people and redeem them through the forgiveness of their sins by Jesus' death on the cross. Jim realized his prideful desire to live apart from God's way. It was then he confessed his sin and asked Jesus to forgive him and his life was changed.
After graduating from high school, he moved to central California and throughout the 1990's toured with the band Godbox as the singer/songwriter. Over the next 10 years he wrote hundreds of songs and was a pioneer of the worship rave movement featured in the LA Times.
Jim has authored numerous publications and has spoken all across the United States and internationally, including the World Young Adult Conference in Hong Kong addressing apologetics in a postmodern world. He has been the keynote speaker for Athletes in Action, Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as numerous churches, colleges, camps and retreats. He was the featured speaker for the Tooth and Nail Festival in Seattle featured on the Fox Network, which was seen by millions of people worldwide.
Jim is currently lead pastor at the Orchard Church and lives with his family in southern California.
Jim has a limited amount of opportunities during the year to do outside speaking but would love to discuss how we might be able to partner together for your event or church.
Teaching on the life of Jesus