Pastor Jim was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He became a Christian in 1983.
Answering the call of God on his life he went to Zion Bible Institute in Barrington, RI. and graduated in 1989. In the fall of that same year he married Jeannine (Pelkey) who also attended Zion and they began their ministry at Faith Tabernacle in Albany, NY.
There they ministered as youth leaders and school teachers until the summer of 1992. At which time with their two boys (Jonathan and James) they returned to Rochester; where they worked on staff with Faith Temple by starting an inner city outreach called New Beginnings.
On April 30, 1995 Pastor Jim was ordained by Rev. Mary L. Edlin, Pastors Paul & Eleanor Stern, Dr. David Minor, Dr. Donnie Meares and Bishop Harry Jackson. Then in April of 1998 New Beginnings incorporated as a church and became known as New Beginnings Church of Life.
In the fall of 2006 Pastor Jeannine was ordained by Rev. Mary L. Edlin, Pastors Paul & Eleanor Stern, Pastors Steven & Darla Edlin, Dr. David Minor, and Bishop Harry Jackson.
Since then Pastor Jim along with his wife have remained faithful to the work God has called them to. They feel that they have been truly blessed by God in many ways and are extremely thankful for their now six children and one daughter in law (Jonathan & Jennifer, James, Jason, Jessica, Julia, and Jaden) Pastors Jim and Jeannine have a desire for all to know God and have Relationship with Him.