Pastor Jim Harper is our new interim pastor. Jim lives in Jacksonville Illinois with his wife Lucy.
Lucy is the human resource director for Pathway Services, an organization which assists people with disabilities. Jim is presently the Associate Chaplain at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.In 2015
Jim retired from First Baptist of Jacksonville after twenty one years as Senior Pastor. Before that he served churches in Indiana and Illlinois. He is a graduate of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard Illinois.Pastor Harper is also the chairman for the ordination committee of the Great Rivers Region and is the past president of the board for the Lake Springfield Baptist Camp.
Pastor Harper has two children, Jennifer who is a chaplain in the United States Army and Jana who is a massage therapist. He also has three energetic grandchildren and one on the way in November. Jim enjoys playing golf, tennis and traveling.