About Dr. Jim Pennington

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Dr. Jim Pennington – Senior Pastor at Temple Church in New Bern, North Carolina

I grew up in central Florida…pretty much from coast to coast.  I cut my teeth on sunshine, the surf and fresh squeezed orange juice.  It just doesn’t get much better than that.

All my life I wanted to go to the University of Florida (Gator Nation!).  Good thing I did too, because it was there that I accepted Jesus and married Patty.  Went on to graduate at Palm Beach Atlantic College, then received a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary.  I’ve been serving in the ministry for over 40 years…most of that as a Senior Pastor.

Patty and I have traveled the world together on vacations and mission trips from the Bahamas to Guatemala to South Africa to Tanzania to Israel to France (she was born in Verdun) to Italy to England and about a dozen more countries.  We have flown in hot air balloons, fixed wing gliders, the Bud One Airship, and all kinds of airplanes.  I would rather spend time with her than anyone else in the world.  I loved her the day I married her…and I love her more now than ever before.  We have a daughter, Courtney, who lives with her husband (David) and three boys (Austin, Bradyn, Landon) in the Tampa, Florida area and a son, Jeremy, who lives with his wife (Kara), two boys (Caleb, Wesley) and a daughter (Taylor) in Palmer, Alaska.

I have a passion for the great outdoors…camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, skiing, zip lining, snow machining…pretty much anything.  I guess the reason that I love nature so much is because everywhere I look I see the fingerprints of God.  He is absolutely awesome and the handiwork of His creation shouts out in praise!

   It is my ambition to go to Heaven…and to take as many people with me as possible.  Would you like to talk?

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