Pastor Jimmy was born and raised in Oklahoma. He and his wife Amanda met when they were 3 years old in Sunday School at the church where Amanda's dad Pastored for 40 years. Both went to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and majored in Missions & Bible. They were married while in college in 1996 and graduated in 1999.
After graduation, Jimmy took a position as the Youth & Assistant Pastor at their home church in Collinsville, Oklahoma. After a fruitful ministry there, in 2002 they felt God calling them into church planting. Jimmy accepted a position as the Administrative Pastor of Life Church in Temecula, California, and helped to build the church from the ground up. While at Life Church, Jimmy was also able to pursue his other passion of missions. During his years there, he led teams to Mexico, Fiji, Romania, and China. He continues working in that passion at SFC by leading the missions program and mobilizing short-term teams to minister around the world.
Jimmy and Amanda have two girls and one boy.