A LETTER FROM THE PASTOR
Pastor Jim Rucker
A Letter from Jim Rucker
Let me introduce myself. I am Jim Rucker Jr. You can call me Jim or anything else you want for that matter! I am a lifelong Kentuckian. I was born in Russellville in 1960 and lived in Maysville, Lexington, and Ashland growing up, but considered Ashland my home.
Presbyterianism is in my blood. My father, wife, twin sister, brother-in-law, father-in-law, and nephew are all Presbyterian ministers. I attended Centre College. During the summers, I was a lifeguard and maintenance man at Camp Burnamwood. Upon graduation, I went to seminary in Louisville.
Pamela and I married in 1986 when I was serving as a pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Kentucky. In 1991, I completed a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. We then moved to Indiana where I was Head of Staff at the Presbyterian Church in Monticello. We returned to Kentucky in 1998 where I was called by this Presbytery to the New Church Development in Lexington. When the NCD grew to 50 people, the Presbytery closed it for lack of funding. We moved to Lancaster where I served as pastor for eight years. In 2008, I became certified in both units of Interim Training. I served as interim in Mount Sterling, Pikeville, and Knoxville Second Presbyterian. Since 2017, I have stayed on our small farm in Garrard County and trained dogs. We continue to operate a dog boarding kennel and training facility.
Pamela and I have two children; John, who is Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for a hospital corporation in Melbourne Beach, Florida; and Katherine, who is a Spanish Literature Translator in Rochester, New York.
We love to travel and enjoy many outdoor activities. We also have five dogs of our own.
I am excited about coming to London and meeting the people of the church. As we work together in the future, I pray we will keep our eyes on the Lord and glorify God in all that we do.