Dr. James E. Johns (Pastor Jim) joined us at SAPC as our Interim Pastor in October, 2018. Pastor Jim serves as head of staff, preaching, teaching, caring, and leading us through the transition period as we search for our new installed minister.
Jim was born and raised on a farm in Front Royal, VA. After high school, he earned an Associate Degree in Education from Shenandoah College. He then received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Madison College (now JMU) in Business Administration. Prior to attending seminary, he had careers in retail management, sales, and construction. In the summer of 1995, he began studies at Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond where he received his Master of Divinity Degree. In July 1998 he was ordained in the Coastal Carolina Presbytery where his first call was to Montpelier Presbyterian Church, in Wagram, North Carolina. In 2008 he began work on his Doctor of Ministry degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary and was awarded this degree in 2011. Jim served as the Solo Pastor at Indian Trail Presbyterian Church in Indian Trail, NC for 14 years. From January 2015-June 2016, he served as the Transitional Pastor at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church. Most recently he has served as the Interim Pastor of Faith United Presbyterian Church in Farmers Branch, TX.
Jim and his lovely wife, Terry, met in high school and they have been married for 37 years. They have two daughters, one son, and four grandchildren. When Jim’s service at Saint Andrew is completed, they plan to enjoy their retirement in Stevens City, VA.