Jim began his professional career in 1963 when he helped establish the exothermic products division of Gilliam Packaging Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, which was purchased by Combustion Engineering, Inc. in 1968. Jim worked at Combustion Engineering as the manager of production and product development until 1975.
In 1974 he put his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. A year later he left the corporate world and began his vocational ministry by serving as administrative pastor of Woodlyn Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania.
In 1980 he joined the Navigators and served as Ohio state director for that Christian organization. In 1995, he founded Sportworks Ministry, a Christian organization that ministered to student-athletes at North Carolina State University. He was appointed by Gov. Hunt as the official chaplain of the NC State athletic teams, and served as president of that organization. Jim's son Chuck Young now leads the Sportworks Ministry at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
National Women's Ministry Director
In 1980, Rick and Pam came to Christ through the ministry of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Miller, missionaries to the U.S. military with Cadence International (then known as Overseas Christian Servicemen’s Centers). Rick and Pam then began serving the Lord through the military chapel wherever the Lord stationed them, providing a home away from home for the military singles. Pam also taught women’s Bible studies until their retirement from the military in 1993.
In 1994 Pam was led by the Lord to become the chaplain to the female inmates of the local county correctional facility, which led to her developing the Almond Tree substance abuse and life skills materials and ministry. Almond Tree Ministry, now in several states and overseas, recruits and trains pastors and lay people to work in this mission field.