Dr. Jim Renke:
I'm a native of Sacramento, California. Kris and I have been married for 30 awesome years. And we are blessed with 4 sons, 1 daughter-in-law and a granddaughter!
I've been able to serve in several different church settings, from Iowa to California and now live in suburban Chicago. I've served as a church planter/pastor and in multi-staff ministries. I also taught several years as an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute, my Alma mater.
I went to Moody Bible Institute, Sioux Falls Seminary and received my D.Min. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.
FAVORITE MINISTRY ACTIVITY:
Sharing a vision for the new life God gives in Christ and motivating people to pursue it by faith.
Joshua 1:6-7 - All about standing strong!
Romans 8:38-39 - All about why we can stand strong - His love endures.
Taking a long ride on the motorcycle. My longest trip so far is 4934 miles, from Illinois to California and back. I also enjoy doing odds and ends with Kris around the house. And traveling is always fun. Maui is a favorite place.
I love food differently now. It's become my source of health. So no more junk. But that being said, my wife makes an awesome rice and curry dish.
FAVORITE BOOKS (besides the Bible):
*Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard.
*Center Church by Tim Keller.
MY HOPE FOR THE UPPER-MISS REGION:
To see our partnership truly live out the love Christ called us to (love for one another) and that will invigorate and authenticate our witness in the world.