After graduating from the University of Florida with honors and a degree in business management, Jim spent a few years in campus ministry. He and his wife, Janice, then served for five years as missionaries in Tokyo, Japan. After moving back to the U.S., Jim continued his studies at Fuller Seminary and began a career in international business in both commercial real estate and the oil and gas industry. In 1995, Joe White of Kanakuk Kamps contacted Jim and asked him to run his new non-profit camp serving urban children, Kids Across America. Today, KAA is a thriving camp that reaches children who otherwise would not be able to experience summer camp. Jim also led Bill Glass Champions for Life, a nationwide prison ministry based in Dallas, Texas, and Mega Voice International, an audio Bible manufacturing and distribution organization based in Tiberias, Israel.
Jim joined Shelterwood in 2011. As Shelterwood CEO, Jim leads the senior executive team and sets the vision and direction for the ministry. He recently led the effort to complete the two new buildings on campus: a new residential facility, Richard Beach Lodge, and a new chapel. He reports weekly to the Board of Directors for Shelterwood, which is made up primarily of former Shelterwood parents who believe in our program and have seen heart change in these teens first hand.
Jim says the fast-paced transformation that happens at Shelterwood makes this job unlike anything he’s done before. He enjoys the opportunity to witness that heart and life change and give kids the tools they need to overcome and succeed.
Jim approaches his role at Shelterwood as a servant leader. He and his wife, Janice, and their son, Jake, live on the Shelterwood campus. Jake, who has autism, works in the dining hall. One of Jim’s greatest passions is his personal interaction with the Shelterwood teens. He leads a weekly time of teaching with the young men. The group discusses current events, life challenges, and other teen issues, all from a Biblical perspective. Janice is also involved with the young women, often leading Bible studies for the girls and the young adult mentors.
Outside of his work at Shelterwood, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and growing family. He has two married children and five young grandchildren. His other son is attending college in Australia and hopes to follow his father into ministry. Die-hard University of Florida fans may recognize Jim for another reason: He was an offensive guard for the Gators.