Jim and his wife, Joan, both grew up in Texas. They were married in August of 1956. Jim and Joan both retired from Texas Tech University, Jim as a computer programmer and Joan was the first registrar for the Texas Tech University High School. Jim had previously retired as a Master Chief Naval Aviation Electronics Technician after 22 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Jim and Joan have both been Christians for over 40 years and Jim served as a deacon in several other churches before coming to Westside Chapel. They have three adult children and three adult grandchildren.