who we are
Jim Young, Senior Pastor
Pastor Jim loves people! You will immediately realize his deep desire to relate to people. In his sermons he is gifted to bring the message of Jesus Christ straight home to your heart. That is his true passion...to present Jesus and meet people’s needs.
Pastor Jim has served as the shepherd of the CCN flock since December of 1992. In that time our church has grown from 70 to 700 in attendance on Sunday morning. Pastor has enjoyed watching God bring so many people to CCN according to His timing. This growth explosion was not necessarily his goal but a byproduct of loving the Lord, Jesus Christ, being obedient to his call to minister, and then loving the people as Jesus himself would.
Pastor found that same unconditional love in a friend in 1979. Tom cared for Jim Young and spent time with him cutting wood, fishing and hunting. This was during a period when Jim was perhaps despicable! After growing up in Kansas with his parents and 2 sisters in a very unstable home and 10 years in the oil fields, Jim didn’t know any other way. However, Tom didn’t give up and Jim saw Jesus’ reflection in Tom. After several years of avoiding church, Jim arrived and heard a message on creation that turned his feelings of worthlessness into a realization that he is a valued creation! Not only did he find Jesus that day in 1979, he also followed the call to be a pastor and attended Nazarene Bible College where he became an Ordained Elder. Pastor Jim served in Cadillac, MI and Whitesburg, KY before coming to Clare. Please know that pastor wants to be accessible, feel free to get in touch with him anytime...he especially likes to chat over a tasty meal!