My name is Jimmy. I was born-and-raised in the rust belt, right outside of Youngstown, Ohio. After a brief stint in the warmth and sunshine of coastal North Carolina, I’ve been back home for a little over 12 years now. I’m married to my best friend, Ashley. We have two boys and a beautiful new baby girl. I love the outdoors, a good cup of coffee, working in my wood shop, Chipotle burritos, and all things Cleveland sports.
For the past six years I’ve been blessed to be a part of the staff team at First Christian Church in the Pro Football Hall of Fame city of Canton, Ohio. As the Executive Pastor, I lead our team of amazing and talented staff members, cast vision, coach and invest in leaders, set goals and strategies to move our church forward toward our vision of showing our community that Jesus is for all people. I love our church and I’m so proud of our team.
I also love speaking and teaching people about Jesus and how to understand and connect His Word with everyday life.
This blog is a place for me to share what I’m learning about life, leadership, family, and how Jesus leads in and speaks to all of it. I’m no expert, but I do hope and pray that something you find here will be meaningful or encouraging to you in some way.
WORDS I LIVE BY
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who gave me strength, because he trusted me and gave me this work of serving him. In the past I spoke against Christ and persecuted him and did all kinds of things to hurt him.
But God showed me mercy, because I did not know what I was doing. I did not believe. But the grace of our Lord was fully given to me, and with that grace came the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
What I say is true, and you should fully accept it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. But I was given mercy so that in me, the worst of all sinners, Christ Jesus could show that he has patience without limit. His patience with me made me an example for those who would believe in him and have life forever.”
– 1 Timothy 1:12-16