Jim graduated from Eisenhower High School, Rialto California in 1961. Then attended San Bernardino Valley College and graduated from L.I.F.E. Bible College with his wife Nancy in 1965. He and Nancy were married in 1964. In 1966 Jim was ordained as a minister of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He and Nancy went on to pastor Foursquare Churches in Ukiah, CA, Orland CA, Beaumont, CA and Williams, AZ. Jim also served as Director of Christian Education at Calvary Bible Church in Hemet, California. Through the years he also worked in the construction industry, ran a hamburger stand, sold real estate, and was a Radio Shack manager for about 10 years. Jim and Nancy raised three children — Lorraine, Jeff and Jenny. They have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.