About Pastor Jim
Jim has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. During college Jim had a passion for music and had a passion for teaching, but did not see himself as a choir director. He learned a great deal from his work in student government and through his work as a Community Advisor in college, so he decided to pursue a career in student affairs.
Jim earned a Master of Science Degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University and after graduation came back to UW Oshkosh to be a Residence Hall Director for six years.
During his time as a Residence Hall Director, Jim felt called to pastoral ministry. As Jim worked his way through the pastoral candidacy process, he realized that pastoral ministry would allow him to utilize his passion for teaching, his passion for music, and his passion for developing leaders all while serving God as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.
Jim completed Licensing School in 2008 at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS). A year later he received his first appointment at Oakfield and Tabor (Eden) United Methodist Churches. During his six years at these two churches, he completed his Course of Study at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary through five summer sessions. Jim is excited to serve as pastor of both Dodgeville and Grace (Ridgeway).
When it comes to his pastoral ministry, Jim emphasizes the importance of not just “doing” church, but being the church. How can we be “the church” out in the community? He also appreciates opportunities to engage the congregation in worship, especially during the message. Jim enjoys opportunities for Bible study, specifically thinking about how God’s Holy Word helps offer guidance about current events and issues.