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Published:November 23rd, 2007 16:27 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Jim Palmer, Author of Wide Open Spaces

Judyth Piazza chats with Jim Palmer, Author of Wide Open Spaces

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


Jim Palmer has a passion for finding relevant, authentic ways of dialoging and building community around a relationship with Christ. His writing is helping people experience God and know Christ beyond the typical, and sometimes hindering, religious mentality. This journey of challenges and successes included such opportunities as pastoral ministry at Willow Creek Community Church, and more recently pioneering a unique expression of church as a social network of people in the Nashville, Tennessee area.

Prior to Jim`s full-time ministry positions, his path crossed many terrains. Jim Palmer grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia and is a survivor of a troubled childhood. As a senior in high school, Jim discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In college Jim served as the student president of his Campus Crusade for Christ chapter and was involved in summer service projects in Thailand and Kenya.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications from East Tennessee State University, and his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago.  It was at this time that Jim became part of the staff at Willow Creek Community Church and then moved to Nashville two years later to start a non-denominational church, which he lead as Senior Pastor for seven years.

Jim left pastoral ministry to devote himself to working with abused and abandoned children. He served as Executive Director of Y-CAP, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive and long-term intervention programs for at-risk children and their families. Jim also served as the U.S. Director of Education for International Justice Mission, an international Christian human rights organization based out of Washington, D.C. Based on first-hand encounters, Jim presented as a writer and speaker to church and university audiences around the U.S. the need for Christians to become aware and involved in bringing rescue to victims of oppression throughout the world.

Jim Palmer offers guidance as a pastor, speaker, writer, blogger, and conversationalist to people seeking to know God in deeper and more expansive ways. He is the founder of the Pilgrimage Project, an initiative encouraging the freedom to imagine, dialogue, live, and express new possibilities for being an authentic Christian. Jim lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Pam and daughter Jessica.