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Pastor Jim is currently teaching at New Covenant Baptist Church, Glen Carbon Illinois.

Pastor Jim's Biography


 Jim and Lynn were married on September 20, 1986 at First Baptist of Ellisville, MO. by Pastor Charles Murray and shortly after that moved to Collinsville, IL. to be closer to Lynn’s family.  Their son Michael was born on July 12, 1987 and is now a very successful IT Security analyst for a multi-billion dollar hospital corporation in Nashville, TN. Their first daughter Anna was born on July 1, 1990 and is a very gifted hair stylist at Sizzor Shak in downtown Collinsville. Anna married Adam Linnell on October 30, 2010. Adam is the son of our Pastor of Worship at FBC Collinsville. Their daughter Grace was born on December 12, 2001 and is enrolled in Maryville Christian Academy and is entering the fourth grade.


Jim has spent his entire business career in sales. As mentioned in his testimony, Jim was eighteen when his mother died giving birth. Jim immediately dropped out of college and went into a career in retail sales. He became a buyer at Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta, GA.  From there he was hired by a company to sell sophisticated electronic security systems to retail stores. He was rookie of the year, Salesman of the Year and rose to Regional Sales Manager of that company. Eventually he was approached by a former executive of that company to join him in the industrial paint manufacturing industry. He rose to VP of Sales for that company and after leaving there became VP National Sales Manager of another international paint manufacturer. Currently Jim is Regional Sales Manager for a company that makes chemicals that improve the performance of industrial coatings in oil refineries, power generation plants, coal mines and other heavy industrial applications.


Jim was ordained as a Deacon at First BaptistChurch of Maryville in 1991. In the various churches that Jim has served he has helped start up and run various ministries. He helped form a singles ministry,  was instrumental in overhauling the Wednesday night programming from a traditional Discipleship Training program to what is still called “Equipping University”. That program helped increased attendance tenfold and beyond. He led the Personal Evangelism Committee. He was instrumental in placing a number of billboards in the community with evangelistic messages and saw people come to the Lord as a result of those efforts. During this time Jim was the young adult Sunday School teacher.  He was approached by one of the members to preach at Greenville Federal Prison, which he did for approximately eight years. He has taught adult bible studies at every church in which he has served. At First Baptist Church of Collinsville Pastor Mike Hurt asked Jim to fill in for him on Sunday evenings for the hour long bible study. This enabled Mike to take a break and served as a catalyst for his being in the pulpit after Pastor Mike became seriously ill.


At some point in his pulpit ministry, Jim felt that the Lord had indeed called him to preach His word. Jim was ordained to the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church and the Conservative Baptist Association on May 29, 2011. He is still in the pulpit at First Baptist to this day. Jim is prayerfully open to what the Lord has in store. The Lord providentially placed him in the pulpit and has used him in significant ways. He is not willing to back down from that call and is excited to see what the Lord has in store for the immediate future.

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I have spent nearly the last two years in the pulpit of First Baptist Church of Collinsville, Illinois due to unusual, providential circumstances. Our Pastor, Mike Hurt was diagnosed with a grade four gioblastoma brain tumor in September 2009. The deacons convened in an emergency meeting to determine how to go forward in this time of uncertainty. First Baptist is a church of about three hundred people located in a suburb of St. Louis, MO. Since I had preached in the federal prison system for over eight years with Mission Gate Ministries, I suggested that I could take the pulpit until we could determine a long range solution. It was decided that I would take the pulpit for a month and then we would review where we are going. As I type this I am still preaching and have now entered my twenty first month in the pulpit. The Lord has providentially blessed this time and has blessed me enormously in the process.


 I continue to hold my secular job which requires extensive travel and have found myself preparing sermons in airports, hotels and restaurants. I typically spend most of Saturday in sermon preparation and am usually up past midnight on Saturday night finishing up the sermon and the Power Point presentation that I use for illustration purposes. I have been putting in up to 25 hours per week to prepare each sermon. My wife Lynn and nine year old daughter Gracie have been wonderful in giving up quality weekend time with me in order to support what is needed in our church.


 In the nearly two years of ministry, under extreme conditions, our church attendance has remained level and new people have joined the church. Financial giving has also remained level or increased in difficult economic times. Since I served without pay, Pastor Mike was able to be paid his full salary and health benefits for over a year until his retirement. Pastor Mike resigned in December of 2010 and eventually went to be with the Lord after a fifteen month struggle. At Pastor Mike’s retirement, he bequeathed to me some prized commentaries from his library and the church recognized me for my service. First Baptist Church then ordained me to the gospel ministry on May 29, 2011, affirming me as a minister of the gospel.


With no seminary degree and only two years in pastoral ministry, the primary qualification that I have to present myself to a church is my preaching ability. That is why we have put many of my sermons on this website for others to review and evaluate. My doctrinal statement and my philosophy of ministry are also included so that another church can have the answers to many of their questions up front and not in a reactive manner. I believe I am gifted in the areas of preaching, biblical counseling and in my leadership abilities. I have an extensive secular career in leadership and performance, having served as national sales manager or VP of Sales for a number of companies. I bring those leadership and organizational skills to ministry along with my ability to preach God’s word.


There is no doubt in my mind that God raised me up in an hour of need to preach His word and abundantly blessed that venture. I have no intention of saying “no” to what He has done. My preaching focus is the new birth. The new birth lifts up Christ: why He came, how we must respond to what He did and the process of sanctification: the means of becoming more and more like the risen Christ. I would ask that prospective churches listen to a few of my sermons and then contact me if there is any interest in pursuing me for either a bi-vocational position or permanent position of Senior Pastor.


By His Grace,


Jim Brinkman

#10 White Birch Lane

Collinsville, IL 62234


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