Our Pastor

On December 15, 2014 our church voted to call a new missionary Pastor.  Our new Pastor is a missionary church planter under Baptist Church Planters located in Grafton, Ohio.  James and Janice Mitchell will begin their ministry here in April 2015.   They are moving from Pueblo West, Colorado where Pastor Jim was a missionary church planter Pastor at Mountain Shadows Baptist Church. Pastor Jim is eager to start serving in Thousand Oaks to our church and the community.  The church is currently going through a transition with Pastor Glenn Sjoerdsma retiring and the Mitchell’s coming onboard.



Pastor Jim and Janice Mitchell
Pastor Jim and Janice Mitchell

Pastor Jim was raised by Christian parents in northeastern PA who faithfully attended a local Baptist church. He also had a godly grandmother, living next door, who lead him to personally accept Jesus as Savior at the age of six. Accelerated spiritual growth started in his life at the age of nineteen when he surrendered his life to the Lord completely. From there he started his formal training for the ministry. After attending Word of Life Bible Institute for their one year Bible degree and meeting his wife Janice, he finished his BA at Bob Jones University. While pastoring his first church, he attended Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA earning his MM.

Surprisingly, the Lord called him into church planting after twenty one years of full-time ministry in three different churches. He then joined up with Baptist Church Planters and moved his family to Pueblo West, CO, where he  pastored the Mountain Shadows Baptist Church. There by God’s grace, he saw the church grow numerically and spiritually from 20 to 100 people, built a new building and called a new pastor when they moved from mission status to an independent, self supporting work with a graduation service held on January 18, 2015.

He has been married to Janice, his faithful partner in the ministry since 1982. He also has four children: daughter Janelle, who is married to Stephen Jespersen and are in Australia to support missionaries, son Jared, who is in Seminary at Shepherd’s Seminary in Cary, NC, daughter Julene, who lives in Dickinson, ND and is married to Ross Lundquist, and son Jamin, a college student at Bob Jones University.  For the last nine years Janice has cared for her parents who live with them.


Review Pastor Jim’s video by clicking here:  God’s Call to Thousand Oaks, California