It is a great privilege to serve Tidal Creek Fellowship as Executive Pastor!  Our staff and people are such a joy, and work together so well.  I love the accepting, open atmosphere and the welcoming spirit of our people.

I am a native of Union, SC in the upstate, where I lived until my attendance at and graduation from Furman University in Greenville SC with a Bachelor of Music Degree.  Upon graduation I entered The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  Fortunately for me, a beautiful young lady named Cindi Mercer enrolled at the same time.  Within a few months we were introduced, and she invited me to come up and play cards with her and another guy and girl.  It was pretty much love at first sight, and within a week or so we had our first date…with coupons (two poor seminary students)…at the Western Sizzler.  It wasn’t long before we were inseparable and engaged, later married in January of 1982.  We graduated the following May, me with a Master of Church Music degree and Cindi with a Master of Religious Education degree. 

We served various churches over the last thirty years, from Charlotte, NC (4 years) to Greenville, SC (8 years) to Port Royal (Beaufort), SC (15+ years), and most recently at Tidal Creek Fellowship since 2010.  Cindi is currently employed by Beaufort County School District Adult Education as ESL/Basic Literacy Coordinator.  She previously served (1994-2013) as Assistant Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry. 

Our only son Josh was born in 1985, and currently works as Web Design and Content Manager for Beaufort County.  His wife Audrey is a wonderful stay at home mother.  They have blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter named Maggie June who is the apple of our eye, and a grandson, Mills David, who is a handsome little dude (takes after Grandpa Jim Jim, of course).  We are also blessed with our third grandchild, our granddaughter Molly.  She is on cutie pie!  

We enjoy spending time together anywhere, anyhow, but especially in the Waterfront Park downtown and at Hunting Island.  My favorite TV Shows are Big Bang, Downton Abbey, and NCIS. 

Thanks for the honor of working in such a wonderful fellowship of believers!