Jim grew up in Florida in a ranching and day-working family. He joined the US Army right out of high school. Cathy grew up in a military family, living all over the world. They met and were married in 1985. Cathy became a Christian as a teenager at a youth conference and Jim while stationed in Germany.
They entered full time ministry in 1993 after leaving the service. Jim and Cathy have served churches in Germany, Florida, Texas and Alabama.