James D. (Jim) Perdue is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in leadership development for immigration and community ministries with the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
In his previous placement, he built a partnership between the National Plan and the Desert Southwest Conference dealing with immigration and border issues. Still earlier, he served in the Iowa Annual Conference as co-coordinator for Hispanic Ministry.
In his current assignment, Jim relates to a national team that is working with Hispanic/Latino immigrant communities in discovering effective models of community ministry. Goals include expansion of the conversations about these ministries and the development of new learning resources.
Jim feels a deep calling to work with and among the Hispanic/Latino community that is growing as a productive part of the emerging United States of America. Jim shares, “God is now doing a marvelous new thing in the world. While societies have been rewriting the face of the global economy, God has been changing the face of the people actually living in that world. This means that God is offering us the gift of a new interracial and intercultural people in the U.S. Our church is being invited to an exciting new banquet and we need to be dressed and to act appropriately in order to attend this great celebration. We need to take off the old clothing of our racist and classist past and clothe ourselves in the love and compassion of Christ.”
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Jim earned an A.B. in religion and philosophy from Morris Harvey College in Charleston in 1973. He continued his education at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey, received his Masters of Divinity in ministry in 1977, and was ordained in 1978. Jim has worked in disaster recovery in Des Moines from 1993 to 1994, pastor and youth worker in Argentina from 1994 to 1999, again in Iowa in West Des Moines from 1999 to 2001 as a youth pastor, and then began his ministry with the NPHLM in 2001.
Jim is has been married to the Rev. Neva Thorn Perdue, now a pastor in Phoenix, for 47 years (as of 2014); the couple has four grown children and twelve grandchildren. Jim’s hobbies include painting, cooking, and listening to jazz and tango.
: Desert Southwest Annual Conference
, Iowa Annual Conference
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