I hate bio sheets, so all you really need to know is that I’m an author, speaker and clinically depressed soul who, by God’s grace, writes encouraging and entertaining books, articles and online posts. Isn’t that crazy?!
If you’re a conference director, you probably want more to convince the audience this guy is worth listening to:
Jim loves God, his family, writing, speaking and Chinese food—in that order.
Jim is a writer saved by grace. That’s what’s most important. Not that his 20 books and over 2,500 articles have won numerous national awards, or that he has worked as a magazine and book editor since his sophomore year in college or even that he taught writing for fifteen years at Taylor University. And it’s really not important that he’s spoken around the world in churches, colleges and conferences. What is important is that he loves God, his family, writing, mentoring writers and Chinese food—in that order.
Beside writing and speaking, which of the following ten occupations has our speaker, Jim Watkins, done professionally?
Delivery truck driver?
Actually, he has done them all, which basically means Jim can’t keep a job, but we’re glad he’s here to share with us.
If you’re conducting a background check—or have a serious case of insomnia—here are some more details, but seriously, I’d love it if you stuck to one of the introductions above.
Four of Jim’s books have won national industry (Christianity Today “Book of the Year” award of merit and “Retailers Choice Award”) and for his reporting and editing (five Evangelical Press Association awards), as well as an “Amy” award for writing in the general market. He was also honored with an “Alumnus of the Year in Literature” from Indiana Wesleyan University. (Go Wildcats!)
His articles have been published by Christianity Today, Decision, Focus on the Family, Guideposts, Leadership, Ministry Today, Rev., Today’s Christian Woman, The Upper Room, USAToday, The Whittenberg Door, War Cry and many more.
His website has been honored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for its creative Christian message.
Jim is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (1974) and took post graduate work at Ball State University’s School of Journalism and Purdue University’s School of Communications. He also have a PhD in paraliteratu—but only because a friend bought it as a Christmas gag gift from a diploma mill.
In 2021 he was sworn in as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children and youth in protective custody as he fights for truth, justice and the welfare of minors.
Most important, Jim married to the Rev. Lois who has served as a pastor and chaplain, has two adult children in ministry and eight adorable grandchildren.
For even more on moi, visit Infrequently asked questions. (You really need to do something for that insomnia!)
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Last update: May 2021