My name is Jimmy. I’m an Ohio boy, born-and-raised. After a few years living in the south, I’ve been back in the 330 for a little over a decade. I’m married to my best friend, Ashley. I love the beach, a good cup of coffee, Chipotle burritos, and Duke Blue Devils basketball.
I have the honor of working alongside an incredible staff team as the Executive Pastor at First Christian Church in the Hall of Fame city of Canton, Ohio. As the XP, it’s my job to develop leaders, cast vision, set goals, and cultivate strategies that help our ministry teams and leaders move forward together to achieve our vision of showing our community that Jesus is for all people. I love our staff, and I might be biased but I’d put them up against any other team on the planet. They are the best! It’s a privilege to lead and serve with them every day.
I also love teaching. I love to break down Scripture to make it easy for people to understand that the wisdom and truth in God’s Word connect with real, everyday life. I want to help people understand that God has a lot of relevant things to say to them and that His love for them is real and relentless.
For several years now, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to speak to people of all ages. I’m always honored by these opportunities! If you have an event coming up and you’re interested in having me teach or speak, I’d love to partner with you. More info about that here.
Another passion of mine is mentoring and coaching. I’ve worked with teams of all shapes, sizes, forms, and functions from a variety of organizations, coaching them in things like strategic planning, vision-casting, brand development, marketing and communication strategies, team building and development, etc. If there’s any way I can help you or your team, fire away. I don’t know it all, but I’m always happy to share wisdom from what we’ve learned and experienced at First Christian.
More than anything, I love to learn. This blog is a place for me to share what I’m learning (usually the hard way) about life, leadership and ministry. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I do hope and pray that something you find here will be meaningful to you in some way.