My Testimony

The day I asked Jesus into my heart will always be very vivid in my mind.  I had no idea it was going to happen or how it would change my life.

On March 18, 1995, while visiting friends in Anchorage, Alaska, my life changed.  On this particular day, I went with my friends to a Christian worship service.  During the service, a man named Jack gave his testimony.  As he read several scriptures from the Bible, I started to feel a tug at my heart.  I had never heard these things even though I had been going to church on a regular basis.  Jack gave an invitation to come down to the front and ask Jesus into my heart.  I immediately went unaware of the others around me.  I have never experienced such an emotion in all my life.  I could not stop weeping because I was so overwhelmed.  I ran back to my hotel room to call my wife and tell her what had happened.  When I spoke with Beth, she cried with me.  You see she was saved long before she ever met me.  To this day when I think of my salvation, I get tears in my eyes.

Shortly after this time, the Army moved us to Greeley, Colorado.  We began attending a church in the neighboring town of Kersey.  It was here that I along with my wife and daughter were baptized.

Several years later, I realized God was calling me to work with men.  I wanted to help draw them closer to Him.  I started to teach and lead a core group of men through a series of bible studies at our church.  I also worked with other churches throughout our association as the Men’s Ministry Consultant for the Colorado Baptist General Convention.  This was a time of great growth for me personally.

About a year into my work in men’s ministry, my pastor and I began to talk about me serving as a pastor.  This came as quite a surprise to me considering my background (which is another story all together).  Nevertheless, in August of 2003, I accepted the call, was ordained, and began serving as Associate Pastor at my church.  During this time, I also returned to college and finished my degree at Colorado Christian University (CCU) with the express purpose of going on to seminary.

In 2006, I began my studies at Denver Seminary.  I attended classes part-time while working at CCU.  In November of 2007, I was promoted to the position of Center Director of the Northglenn Center for Adult and Graduate Studies.  I was also asked to teach a new class for incoming adult students.  The administration thought my experience as an adult student would help me to connect with our new students.  They were right.  I fell in love with teaching and in August of 2008, left my position with the university to pursue a master’s degree in education and devote my full attention to teaching.

In 2010, I completed my MS in Education and then returned to Denver Seminary to complete the Graduate Certificate in Theology.  In 2013, I began studying at Knox Theological Seminary in pursuit of a Master of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies, which I completed in 2015.  I am currently studying at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary working on a Doctorate in Educational Ministry.

In the fall of 2010, I was asked to fill the pulpit of the church where I was baptized 13 years earlier.  After preaching there three times, the Board of Elders asked me to serve as the interim pastor of Kersey Community Church.  I served the church for one year until the permanent pastor was called.  From there, my family and I attended Loveland Bible Church where my mentor and friend, Charles Williams, is the pastor.  Over the next four years, I taught Sunday school, preached on occasion and served as en Elder.  Currently, we are attending Grace Church in Greeley, Colorado.

I have a deep passion to teach adult students, in both the classroom and the church.  There is nothing that pleases me more than watching adult students begin to understand who they are as a child of God.  I want to continue my theological training so I am better prepared to address the many questions posed to me during our discussions.

As for my theological beliefs, I follow the reformed tradition.  I came to this belief through my studies at Denver Seminary.  In one particular course, I was required to compare and analyze three different systematic theologies.  I chose to compare and contrast the works of H. Ray Dunning, Robert L. Reymond, and J. Rodman Williams.  In another course, I was asked to compare and contrast Calvinism and Arminianism.  Through both of these studies, I concluded that the reformed theological tradition is the correct way to view and interpret scripture.  I still turn to Reymond’s A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith when preparing a message for the pulpit or a lesson in the classroom.

I believe with all of my heart that God has called me to teach.  I continue to serve in a pastoral way as God presents opportunities to me, but I know it is all part of His plan to teach.  I find myself counseling, praying, and encouraging students in all walks of life.  Whether it is face-to-face in a classroom, in an email to an online student, or over the phone answering questions and concerns.  My desire is to always be teaching.  Only God knows what that looks in the future.

  1. Aneta
    March 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Hi Jim,
    I just want you to know that I appreciate reading your testimony. Thank you for sharing! Aneta

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