Our Pastor

Rev. Jim Wakelin – Bio

Jim - Office picture 8-5-2011 small file

Born October 1957 –  Regina, Sask. Canada
–  Son of a Disciples minister Rev. Howard O. Wakelin,
May 1960 to 1964 :  Lived in  Mt. Ayr, Iowa
1964 to 1966 :  Lived in Estherville, Iowa
1966 to 1972 :  Lived in Shenandoah, Iowa
1972 to 1976 :  Lived in Illiopolis, Illinois
Sept. ’76 to June ’78:  Eureka College 1978 to 1982 : Lived in Atlantic, Iowa


Jim & Diane   June 6, 1982 : Married – Diane Christensen
1982-1985 : Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville
May 1985 : graduated along side his wife : B.A. in  Management/Data Processing.

During this time Jim worked as youth director for First Christian Church in Maryville
and as pastor of Pickering Christian Church in Pickering Missouri.

Lefty at campDec 1985-1989 : Employed by Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Sept 1989-Dec 1992 : Brite Divinity School,
graduate seminary for Texas Christian University

89-90 – Student Pastorate – Pilot Point Christian Church,  Pilot Point Texas
90-July 94 – Pastorate – Memorial Christian Church, Graham, Texas
July 1994 to Apr 2000 – Pastorate – United Church of Christ, Atlantic, Iowa
May 2000 to May 2009 – Pastorate – Bloomfield Christian Church,  Bloomfield, Iowa
June 2009 to present – Pastorate – Davis Street Christian Church,  Ottumwa, Iowa
May 2011 to Present – Partnered Regional Minister for Christian Church in the Upper Midwest

January 2013 – Became partnered owner and innkeeper with wife, Diane of the Grey Goose Inn on Rathbun Lake…


Jim & Diane WakelinFAMILY
 – Wife – Diane,Wakelin Family Picture 2011 christmas

CHILDREN:    Jessica (graduated in 2003)-living in Omaha working as a Dental Assistant

Stephen (graduated in 2004) married Chrissy Covington in September of 09, foster children, Angel, Aaron, Vincent with hopes of adopting them


Amanda (graduated in 2011)  attended William Penn University and Iowa State.  Is currently working as a waitress for Riverside Cafe’ in Ottumwa

Dogs – Slinky & Zoey



Degrees & Certificates
1985 – Bachelor of Arts degree in Management/Data Processing -NWMSU
1992 – Masters of Divinity degree – Brite Divinity School, TCU
1996- Certificate as a  Pastoral Care Specialist -Des Moines Pastoral Care Center
2003- Certificate – Ministry and Technology from Dubuque Theological Seminary.
2000 –  Jim became a United States citizen

Hobbies, Interests, & Highlights :  music, hiking the Appalachian Trail,  fishing,  computers, movie watching, aquarium fish, motorcycling

2002 – RAGBRAI participant with son, Stephen

2003 – Co-Host for RAGBRAI through Bloomfield
2004 Jim and  Stephen finished their first marathon side by side.

Retirement plan – Grey Goose Inn  acquired in January 2013 – management team with wife Diane who is the lead innkeeper.  Dream includes Thru-hiking the A.T., purchasing a boat and guiding people on Rathbun Lake on fishing excursions.

GREATEST PASSIONS –  Jim’s greatest love is for God and his family which include  his two dogs Zoey and Slinky.   Jim has served in many capacities within the region since moving to Iowa including serving on the Regional Board 2006-2008 serving as member and chair of the Investments and Property Unit,  adult sponsor of the Youth Unit and UMWYC – Upper Midwest Youth Council.. Jim also serves the region as a superviser for the Commissioned Ministry Program.  Through out ministry Jim has served in ecumenical services including director of Davis County Lord’s Cupboard 2002-2006 and civic organization – Lion’s Club (treasurer 1984)  and Optimist Club (Club President, 2008)

     Since  May 2011  Jim has served as a Partner Regional Minister (PRM) on staff with the Christian Church in the UpperMidwest.   Between Jim, his father – Howard, and Uncle – Halsey they have served over 125 years ministering to Disciple congregations and ministries across the US and Canada.

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