After nearly 30 years of experience as a pastor and church planter in the Virginia Conference of the UMC, Jim Chandler founded “360intentionality Coaching” in 2016, which he will continue while networking with the Difference Makers Group.
Jim also brings valuable insights from his time as a campus pastor and staff member of The Journey Church in New York City — a dynamic multi-site church known for its effective church ministry and small groups systems.
He brings a positive and encouraging approach to his work with pastors, laity, judicatories and congregations, believing that God is at work in churches of all shapes and sizes, and knowing from experience that small changes can make a big difference.
In addition to church coaching, Jim currently serves as the Coordinator for New Church Development for the Alexandria District of The United Methodist Church in Northern Virginia (DC Metro area) and as a consultant for church vitality for the Charlottesville District.
Jim did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina, double-majoring in Economics and Political Science. Following graduation, he operated small businesses and his work eventually led him to Northern Virginia. It was there, in 1987, that he finally answered a call he had felt and resisted for years: to enter pastoral ministry. Jim received his MDiv degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Jim and his wife, Lynda, have two grown daughters and a lovable rescued dog, Tabasco. When not working, Jim can often be found with Lynda exploring the beautiful roads of the USA on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle.