Associate Pastor – Member Care Ministries
Email – email@example.com
Phone – (513) 423-4658
Born in Ft. Worth, TX, on November 5, 1949, while his father was on staff with Pastor J. Frank Norris at the great First Baptist Church, Ft. Worth. Jim was raised in a pastor’s home, in Chester, PA, where his dad had followed the Lord’s leading and founded the Chester Baptist Temple in 1951. Jim was blessed to be under the constant preaching of God’s Word, and at a young age realized his need of a Savior. It was after a Sunday night’s soul-stirring message on “hell” that the Holy Spirit convicted his heart of the need for repentance and accepting what Jesus Christ had done for him on the cross of Calvary. That night he was privileged to have his mother lead him to the Lord, and the gift of eternal life became a reality.
After high school graduation in June 1967, with guidance from his parents and the Holy Spirit, at 17 years of age, Jim entered the Bible Baptist Seminary [now Arlington Baptist University] to determine God’s will and plan for his life. It was during his sophomore year that Sharon Fields caught his eye. They had both been selected for two traveling singing groups that represented the college, one during the semesters on weekends, and the other which toured the country eight solid weeks each summer. In August 1969 they were married in Brunswick, OH, graduated in May 1971, and began their first position as Minister of Music in August 1971 [after fulfilling their summer singing commitment] at the Calvary Baptist Church in Wayne, MI, where Dr. Weldon Spracklen was the pastor. All three of their children, Twana, Damon, and Tonya were born while they were serving in Wayne. A little over eight years later, the Lord began to prepare their hearts for a move to the Worth Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, TX, to become the Minister of Music, where Dr. Raymond Barber pastored. The Lord was blessing their desires to serve the wonderful people there, but after another eight years passed, God had yet another path to be followed. He opened doors, and in July 1987 led them to their current location at Grace Baptist Church, Middletown, OH.
It has been a privilege to serve as Music Pastor under Dr. Ron Schaeffer, Dr. Howard Sears [during a five-month interim], Dr. Roger Green, and presently Dr. Max Fernandez. In April 2013 Pastor Fernandez asked Jim to become his Associate and Music Pastor. Presently, as of September 2017 Jim’s Associate Pastor – Member Care Ministries responsibilities involve planning monthly meetings and two seasonal trips with our Seasoned Saints [formerly Jolly 60’s], weekly contacts and monthly meetings with the Master’s Daughters [formerly Widows], regular visitation and activities with the Contenders [formerly Widowers], coordinating of the church’s Shut-In visitation, overseeing Members Helping Members, administration of Grace Memorial Gardens [Grace’s private cemetery], and teaching the Harvester’s Adult Sunday School Class.
Jim and Sharon have twelve, healthy grandchildren [who all, praise the Lord, have made professions of having accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior] spread out all the way from OH to TN to TX to MI.