Introducing Pastor Jim Graeser and his wife Nicole!
Pastor James E. Graeser, Jr. is being recommended to you by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church’s congregational council. Since October 2017,Pastor Jim has served as Lead Pastor for King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. All of his previous calls were in the Florida-Bahamas Synod.
Pastor Jim earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, in 1995. After being ordained in July 1995, his first call was to Advent Lutheran Church in Orange Park (Jacksonville), Florida, as Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries. This was a homecoming of sorts, as Advent hosted his internship while in seminary. In 1998, Advent Lutheran Church partnered with ELCA Churchwide to plant a new congregation in nearby Fleming Island, Florida. Pastor Jim accepted a new call to be this church start’s Pastor-Developer.
This new church start, Cross+Road Lutheran Church in Fleming Island, Florida, organized as an official congregation of the ELCA in 2001. Pastor Jim served there for fifteen years and guided Cross+Road through two building programs, while growing membership to 625 baptized souls.
Pastor Jim was then called to serve as Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission for the Florida-Bahamas Synod in 2013, with responsibilities for congregations in the north half of the synod. When then-Bishop Schaefer chose to conclude his term early, Pastor Jim saw this as an opportunity to return to parish ministry which he missed deeply. King of Glory Lutheran Church called him, and he moved to Dallas.
Soon after moving, Pastor Jim met his wife Nicole; they were married during Sunday morning worship in March 2019. Nicole has lived her entire life in Dallas. She is a cyber security manager for one of the major health systems in Texas. Nicole and Jim have four daughters from previous marriages: Amber (34) lives in Charleston, South Carolina; Ashley (33) is married (Andy), and lives in Washington, DC, with their three children; Makinsey (23) lives in Houston, Texas; and Alex (22) lives in Monroeville, Alabama.
Nicole and Pastor Jim share many common interests. They are avid motorcyclists; both enjoy travel in all its forms. Nicole and Jim love to cook, do home improvement projects, and play board games. They enjoy movies, fine dining, and live music. Both love to be active and look forward to taking advantage of the beautiful setting Palm Beach County offers.
Pastor Jim grew up in Northwest Ohio, where his dad (now deceased) was also a Lutheran pastor. Pastor Jim did not set out to follow in his father’s footsteps. He attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he started off as a computer science major; after his first week of calculus, he determined that his career path led elsewhere. By the end of his sophomore year, he discerned his call to public ministry.
Nicole and Jim are both the babies of their families of origin—their parents could finally rest at perfection J. Pastor Jim’s mom and two sisters remain in Ohio, and Nicole’s mom and majority of her three sisters and four brothers remain in the Dallas area.