Teacher & Finance Coordinator
Jim was born into a Christian family. His father was a Methodist pastor in Texas for fifty years, and he lived his early years close to the church. He received a Business Degree from Southern Methodist University and spent four years in the US Marine Corps as a Viet-Nam Era Veteran.
Jim and his wife started a Young Life High School Christian Club in a town close to Houston, Texas in 1972 with 25 members, and it grew to over 200. Several members went into full-time Christian ministry.
They lived in Texas for 35 years during which Jim worked in the data networking environment and as a Global Accounts Manager for MCI. During this time, he served as an Elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church with overall responsibility for education and as a home church leader. Jim taught in services at the Harris County Sheriff Department, and he taught in weekly services and led a small group at a Medium Security Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Jim was involved in Texas prison ministries for fourteen years.
When Jim and his wife moved to Washington State, he participated in the Prison Fellowship ministry at a State Minimum Security Facility. Activities included weekly Prison Fellowship services and Discipleship Classes.
Each of these experiences contributed to a broad scope of ministry in the church and especially to men with special needs for teaching, ministry and discipleship. Jim came to Rancho Poiema in 2012 and is responsible for teaching the Word of God in evening classes, participating in and leading daily devotional group meetings and serving in ministry financial administration.
Rancho Poiema is a unique spiritual environment in which men live, work and study together for the purposes of personal growth in their relationship with God and Christ, their knowledge and understanding of the Word of God and their maturity of personal discipline and discipleship.
"It is my true honor to serve with Pastor Cesar Delgado at Rancho Poiema and together to serve under our Senior Pastor Chris Martinez of Calvary Chapel Tijuana." - Jim Heflin