Jim was born and raised in Salinas. They moved away for a period but he returned in 1996. He started attending Compass in 2008 and shortly thereafter accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. In 2011 he became a member.
Jim attended Western State University, College of Law (Juris Doctor Degree), Pepperdine University, College of Trial Advocacy & CSU Fullerton (History major). He is now a Deputy District Attorney with Monterey County.
Jim has been volunteering at Kids Central (2nd grade) since 2010 and regularly participates in a Men’s Life Group. He has also volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club and was a member of Toastmaster’s Club of Naval Postgraduate School and served 2 terms as Club President.
“The mission of Compass is ‘saving the unsaved’, and Pastor Mike’s frequent comments that we must save Salinas one child at a time, greatly resonates with me. I grew up a couple of blocks away, and as a child played basketball in the gym and football in the park across the street. We use to get our baseball cards and equipment at a store located where Kids Central now stands. When I was young our family attended what was then FPC, my mother had once been the educational director of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis prior to coming to this area. For whatever reason, my parents switched the family to a Lutheran Church, where I was confirmed as a teenager.
After many years of not regularly attending church, I paid a visit one Sunday in 2008 to FPC. I was inspired by the message in Mike’s sermon, and have regularly attended ever since. I started as a volunteer teacher in Kids Central in 2010. It has been a very rewarding experience and I think I have learned as much or more than the children. Along with several of my colleagues from Kids Central, I participated in the second trip to Israel in 2012 and was baptized in the Jordan River. This nomination, to be an Elder, was unexpected and came as a great surprise. I am honored to be considered. I will try to learn and do the best I can if selected.”