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Jim grew up in Lapeer, Michigan and his wife, Linda, grew up in Beaverdam. They met at SpringHill Camps in Evart while Jim was at Hope College and Linda was at Calvin College. Jim and Linda married in 1987 and immediately moved to New Jersey to pursue master’s degrees; Jim at Princeton Theological Seminary and Linda at Rutgers University. In 1990, they moved to Scotland so that Jim could complete his PhD in Theology at the University of St. Andrews. Jim has served as the lead pastor of First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill in New Jersey, Lakeland Reformed Church in Vicksburg, Michigan, and New Hope Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona. He has served as an executive pastor for Centerpoint Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan and for the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. He was installed at Ottawa Reformed Church on July 28, 2019. He also currently serves as the chairman of the board of trustees for Western Theological Seminary, and he is an adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary. Jim and Linda have four children, Adam, who is married to Julia; Elisabeth, who is married to Ian; Zachary; and Joshua. Jim loves running, biking, hiking, and kayaking. He is excited to be at Ottawa Reformed to share the good news of the Gospel through preaching and teaching and to equip the church for the work of ministry.

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