Loveland Presbyterian Church is proud to welcome Pastor Jim Goff to our church. Pastor Jim comes to Loveland after serving as the pastor of a church in Williamsburg.
Pastor Jim has been happily married to Jennifer, a German teacher, for nearly eighteen years. He is the proud father of Meredith, a freshman, and Sam, who is in the fourth grade. He and his family reside in Milford, Ohio, and love living and serving Christ and his church in the Cincinnati region.
The Goff family loves sharing quality time together and they are busily involved in various family-related activities. Pastor Jim enjoys college football and physical fitness. He is an avid walker, and although he does not play an instrument, Pastor Jim takes great delight in classical music and jazz. He also likes to read.
Jim Goff was born in Parkersburg, WV, but grew up in Southeastern Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country from 1989-1993. During that time of service, he was part of Operation Desert Storm. He served on deployment aboard the USS Peterson, which was tasked with enforcing the embargo against Iraq in the Gulf of Aqaba in the northern Red Sea. His ship was also tasked with launching Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of the US mission there.
Having received an honorable discharge from the US Navy, Pastor Jim attended Ohio University from 1993-1997. He majored in Organizational Communication and minored in Business Administration. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Communication.
In the summer of 1997, he took his first job after university with Motorists Mutual Insurance Company in its claims office off Reed Hartman Highway in Blue Ash. He resided in the Oakley area, and after nearly two-and-a-half years. He decided to leave Cincinnati and take a job in Atlanta, Georgia, with Crawford & Company, where he served as a litigation claims specialist for approximately eight years before being promoted into management.
During his tenure at Crawford & Company, Pastor Jim carefully discerned a call from God to leave the insurance and risk management industry and pursue a new vocation serving Christ and his church. He left a lucrative and promising career and went to Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, from 2005-2008. Upon graduation from seminary, Pastor Jim engaged in a year-long chaplain residency at the Atlanta VA Medical Center before receiving a call to serve a small church in Williamsburg, Ohio. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta in the summer of 2009.
Pastor Jim whole-heartedly believes in fulfilling his ordination and installation vows by being a good Presbyter and active member of his Presbytery. He participates in every training event offered, and embraces every opportunity to learn and grow as a pastor and person of God. He was elected to the Committee on Ministry in 2016, and he currently serves as the committee’s chairperson.
Pastor Jim Goff officially joins Loveland Presbyterian Church November 16. His first service will be November 18.