Once a prisoner of his own selfishness, Jim gave his directionless life over to Jesus in a fraternityat Kansas University. Being a weak student, God built him into a writer, teacher and speaker to carryHis message of freedom in Christ. He is Maureen's husband; Michelle, Marleen, and Melody's dad andJ.P, Malina, and Amelia's grandpa. Along the way he guided mountain hikes in the Rockies, worked withCampus Crusade for Christ, sold sporting goods, coached high school track, pastured four churches,hosted call-in radio, pioneered men's ministries, taught discipleship, trained staff and spoke forPromise Keepers, all with many soul-diminishing successes and magnificent defeats. Now his calendaris filled with one-on-one meetings, men's small groups, home Bible studies, writing books, andretreat and conference speaking.
In 1990 Jim burned out running churches and trying to live the "good" Christian life. He resignedfrom his church and gave up on religion. It was a time of deep darkness, loneliness, questioning, and seeking true identity. Out of the searching came a new reality of relationship with Christ, freedom from religious systems, and thinking "outside the box." Jim's heart is for those who are in the bondage of religion and need the freedom of walking with Christ, not working for Him. He speaks to those who are exhausted from programs and want the Person, who are tired of looking a shadows andwant reality, and who weary of meetings and want to meet with God. He has written six books on thesubject of "Living at His Place" and the significance of moving from self-centered Christianity into a Christ centered life.