PASTOR JIM GREEAR:
Executive Pastor, Kingdom Minded Worldwide Ministries, Inc.
• Was born In Winter Park, Florida
• Graduated from Edgewater High School in Orlando. Received bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, study Theology at Luther Rice Seminary.
• Ordained into the ministry in 2014 by Pastor Monzell Ford and KMW Ministries.
• Joined the team of Kingdom Minded Worldwide Ministries in 2013.
• Married Nicole on the beach, February 14 at Ormond by the Sea, Florida.
• Children: Christy, Sabrina, Zack, Jonathan and Brandon
• First job was setting up parking cones for high school football games at Showwalter Field .
• Enjoys hiking, riding bikes, camping, movies, playing at Disney, and trying new restaurants. I believe I am the gourmet critic of mom and pop dining.
• Dislikes doing mathematics without a calculator, running from wild bears and labels.
• Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.”
How did you become a believer?
In 1986 I was invited to a Wednesday night service and the Pastor changed his sermon that night and spoke on hell. After I left there, I was nervous and feeling guilty for the life I was living. Come the following Saturday morning, I was sleeping off a cocaine and alcohol hangover when I heard a knock at my door and it was that preacher, Pastor Gene Pritchard from Grace Bible Church Pine Hills standing there. I went into the closet, sat on the floor and planned to wait him out until he would leave. Just then I heard a voice say to me “Behold I stand at the door and knock and if you will open it, I will come into you”. This voice was inside my head, in an empty apartment, was so authoritive that it made the hairs on my arms stand up and I was afraid for my life. I jumped up, opened the door and let the Pastor come in. With drugs still on my coffee table, he laid me to Jesus Christ. After he left, I dumped the drugs down the toilet and began faithfully attending church, reading the bible and seeking the God who came to me. Now I pursue Him for all eternity and I hope to bring others with me to the great wedding feast of the Lamb.
Tell us a little about your life.
I was the chief sinner among sinners. I was egging houses and police cars, painting graffiti and beating up other kids in school for fun. By the time I was in Junior high, I was breaking and entering, stealing, selling drugs and drinking alcohol. When I moved out in my early teens, I hung out with a bike gang as a pony delivering substances, getting into fights over territory, carrying arms, sleeping with wives and women, and many other things I am ashamed to say now. I was working and living a double life, hiding behind my work “mask” while dealing to my coworkers. I was addicted to drugs, alcohol and sex and used all these to get the other two. I was homeless for over a year living on the streets and eating out of dumpsters. I lost homes, cars, valuables and so many material possessions that others could only dream of. I have been shot at, involved in knife fights and fought for my life on several occasions. I have seen things that haunted my dreams and was destined for hell. Until one day God in His grace and mercy sought me out and delivered me from myself. Today, I stand here today to proclaim the goodness of my savior not the wickedness of my flesh.
Why did you choose to serve in ministry?
Because it is not someone else’s job to tell the world about Jesus. It is each one of our responsibility to share how awesome Jesus is and how much God loves each of us. I was on the downward train to hell with no hope or any brakes. Then God sought me out, through my co workers, a pastor and others, to bring His word and hope into my heart. Now I carry His word and my testimony to those who need salvation and restoration.
What role do you think you will play within the mission of KMW Ministries?
I believe God has anointed Pastor Monzell, I hope to help him, and others to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, to encourage the body of believers and to give hope those who are hurting.
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Nicole, is a blessing from the Lord. we’ve been married since 2012. After failing at marriage three times before Nicole, I was resigned to live alone. Then by placing my trust solely in the Lord and not trying to do anything on my own except sit still, our marriage has been a true revealing of faith and trust in God. We met here in Ormond Beach at Calvary, serving side by side in the outreach ministry. Our blended family is an unbelievable blessing from the Lord also. I have learned so much about life from seeing things through the eyes of my children and trying to teach them as a parent..
What do you think God expects from you?
Absolutely nothing. Is that not the best thing in the world? To be loved unconditionally without any expectations placed on you? Now I am free to do as much as I want to do, not out of work for my salvation but out of joy and love for who God truly is.
Who from the Bible do you most admire or feel connected to?
King David. He had a heart to pursue after God from love and gratitude like myself. He continued to make mistakes in relationships, with his children, friends and kingdom yet always humbled himself again and repented. I believe David and I both love God, seek His will to be done and we both have made mistakes. Thank God for his never ending grace and mercies that are renewed daily.