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Jim Singleton

Executive Director of Missional Leadership

Jim Singleton

Executive Director of Missional Leadership

Jim Singleton is Executive Director of Missional Leadership for Leighton Ford Ministries, leveraging years of experience as a senior pastor, seminary professor, mentor, and mentee to help raise up the next generation of missional leadership.

In addition to his part-time role with LFM, Jim serves full-time as Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he directs Thriving in Ministry, a Lilly Endowment-funded program to help pastors in New England “thrive” in the very difficult practice of ministry in this season.  He has a passion for equipping pastors and congregations to revitalize their approach to ministry.

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Jim brings 30 years of church leadership experience, including serving as senior pastor of churches in Texas, Washington, and most recently, First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs, a downtown congregation of 4,000 members.  He has served at Gordon-Conwell since 2012.

Jim first met Leighton Ford in 1989 while working on his doctorate in Boston.  As a senior pastor, he later utilized Kevin Ford’s Transforming Church: A Visioning Roadmap (LINK) process.  He considers Leighton to be “the chiropractor of my soul.”

Jim is an avid fan of baseball history, church history, hiking, and cross-country skiing.  He is married to Sara, who is pastor of Old South Presbyterian in Newburyport, MA.  The have a son, James, and a daughter, Rachel, and three grandchildren.

 

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