Jim’s Bio


Biblical Studies, Florida College, Temple Terrace, FL – 1979

BA (Criminal Justice), University of South Florida, Tampa, FL – 1979

Graduate, New Smyrna Beach Senior High, New Smyrna Beach, FL – 1976


Married 1982 to Melanie (Claypool) Jonas

Children:  Lauren (1984), Marissa (1987), Kaitlin (1990), Andrew (1993)

Work with Churches:

Centreville church of Christ, Centreville, VA – 2007-Present

Embry Hills church of Christ, Atlanta, GA – 2003-2007

Hueytown church of Christ, Hueytown, AL – 1994-2003

Old Street church of Christ, London, England – 1990-1994

Palm Springs Drive church of Christ, Altamonte Springs, FL – 1985-1990

Westview church of Christ, Austintown, OH – 1982-1984

Plum Street church of Christ, Jesup, GA – 1980-1982


I enjoy morning walks, golf, travel, family games and watching an occasional NASCAR race.  In the course of my preaching work, I have traveled and taught in the following countries:  Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and South Africa.

Profound Life Experiences:

Marriage.  The births of our children.  Watching a space shuttle launch.  Visiting the Old Course at St. Andrews.  Singing hymns with a friend on the rim of the Grand Canyon.  Walking through Red Square in Moscow.  Hearing my wife sing opera.  Worshiping with Christians in a foreign country.