Pastor Jim Parker has been in ministry since 1984. In the summer of 1984, while living in Anchorage, Alaska, Jim had a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ. God drew him into a deeper relationship and began to mold him into the man he is today. Jim went from loving sin to loving Jesus and a great change began to take place in his life. One of those changes was a feeling that God wanted him to be a pastor. Jim began teaching Sunday School for some high school students who had a massive impact on him. Jim felt that his calling was to young people.
For the next 25 years he pastored Junior High and High School students in Alaska, Texas, Nebraska, and Florida. Jim received his initial training in preaching at the Anchorage Rescue Mission and Calvary Baptist Church. He has spoken at camps and conferences and many different churches.
Jim earned a Bachelors of Theology from Bethany Bible College in Dothan, Alabama and a Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.
In the Winter of 2009, Jim felt that the Lord wanted him to start a new congregation in the Mall of the Bluffs in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Lord helped Jim gather a wonderful team of believers and Sojourn Church was launched in January of 2010.
Jim has been married to Christine since 1981 and together they’ve raised four children; James, Daniel, Paul, and Sarah.