James currently serves as the Pastor of Teaching and Visitation. He is responsible for preaching, care, AWANA and Sunday school. James is married to Cindy and they have two children He and Cindy reside in Hastings, MN.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Watertown Mn. My dad was a pastor so we moved quite often. I grew up in Stacey Mn, Spicer Mn, Everett WA, Thief River Falls Mn.
What is your favorite hobby?
Going camping with the family. We purchased a pop-up camper three years ago.
What are you passionate about?
Probably spending time with my children and wife. I also am passionate about being a faithful member of our church and serving in whatever capacity I can. Elder, SS teacher,chair setterupper. [Is that a word?]
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart………The verse reminds me that despite the sin we have in our lives, God does not want perfection but rather a heart which is broken and willing to repent.
Tell me about your best church memory.
Probably the times we went camping as a youth group growing up. We had some great fun times as well has great fellowship around the campfire. We were living in Everett WA at the time and camping was beautiful being surrounded by the mountains. It was when we were on one of these camping trips that we heard Mt St Helens erupt on May 18th 1980. We were sitting around eating breakfast. Everyone starting trying to guess what the two loud “booms” were which we had heard.
Tell me about your family.
I have been married to Cindy for 17 years. We have two wonderful girls who are the joy of our lives. We enjoy doing some traveling together and camping as mentioned earlier. I have an older sister and younger brother. My parents live in Shakopee Mn and are retired.