Pastor Jim Harper

Hello Friend!


I currently live in Jacksonville, IL where I was the pastor of First Baptist Church for 21 years from 1993 to 2014. I grew up in California and spent two years attending a California junior college. I then transferred to Judson University in Elgin, Illinois where I graduated in 1973. From there I attended Northern Baptist theological seminary where I graduated in 1976 with a master of divinity degree. I have served in churches in Paris and Morrison, Illinois; Mooresville, Indiana and Jacksonville, Illinois. At present, I am the assistant chaplain at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. I love to do interim pastor positions. I have had four interim positions since my retirement, the last one in Decatur, Illinois. I have two daughters, Jennifer and Jana, and five grandchildren. I love to be active: I play golf and tennis. I also enjoy traveling. I just returned from surprising my father on his 90th birthday in California. My spiritual gifts are preaching, teaching, encouragement and leadership. It’s a pleasure to accept this part-time interim position at First Baptist Church Galesburg. Whether you are a first time guest or a long time member, I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you very soon.


Pastor Jim