Jim was born in Lewisburg, Ohio and attended Lewisburg High school. James became a member of West Milton Lodge in 1986 when he received the Entered Apprentice Degree. Jim has held all officers positions from Junior Steward to Senior Warden. In December, 1992 Jim was elected and installed as Worshipful Master of the Lodge.
Jim has a son Brian and three step children, Jason, Ryan and Jodi Christman. Jim and his wife Bonnie have five Grandchildren Haley, Caitlin. Jayeln, Parker and Preston.
Jim is a member of the Greenville Elks and Friends of the Darke County Parks.