Jim had the joy of first coming to First Church in June 2012.
Originally from Owensboro, Jim grew up with the loving support of a Christian family and faith community. As a result, Jim became aware of the reality of a living God as a youth and began to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ. Jim initially experienced his call to pastoral ministry during his senior year of high school. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oral Roberts University and both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Before Henderson, Jim served churches in both central and northern Kentucky. His first appointments were a pastorate at Sonora UMC and an associate pastorate at Elizabethtown Memorial UMC. He then served as senior pastor at both Cooper Memorial UMC in Louisville (1991-2001) and Highland UMC in Fort Thomas (2001-2012).
While in college, Jim met and married his wife, Pam, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pam works as a flight attendant. They have two children – Austin and Shannon.
Nurtured by the church from the beginning, Jim understands the tremendous power that the Christian faith and community can have in strengthening a person’s life and sense of purpose. Thus Jim has a passion to see the church connect with people on a personal level and to help them have a sense of God’s abiding presence and love. He desires to make faith relevant to living everyday life.
Other personal interests include watching sports (Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, and UK Basketball), studying cosmology/astronomy, traveling, hiking/backpacking mountains, and indulging himself with waffles, maple syrup & a good cup of coffee for breakfast.