Jim was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in U.S. Army before going to work for Old Ben Coal Company at Mine #21 as coal miner for 14 years. Later, Jim started his own company, Rend Lake Lodging & Development, and perused a number of construction and housing related endeavors.
Jim was a long-time member at Ina Free Will Baptist Church in Ina, Illinois. He also co-founded, with his partner Gary Curry from Ada, Oklahoma, a non-profit organization called Bridge Builders for the Cross dedicated to bridging the gap between oceans and people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bridge Builder’s primary efforts are directed toward providing humanitarian aid while applying and sharing the teachings of the Bible. Jim has traveled, worked and ministered in several countries across the globe with great compassion, but he has a special relationship with those he worked alongside in the country of Cuba. With an abundantly generous heart and compassionate burden to help in areas large and small, Jim has left a deep and lasting impression on the lives of countless people around the world.