Jim Applegate

Jim and his wife, Heather, reside in Modesto. Together they raised five kids that are now spread out across the country. Having lived in Stanislaus for most of his life, Jim has a deep love for this county and is drawn to seeing God’s kingdom come throughout. Jim felt called to be in some form of pastoral/church ministry during his formative years, but after finishing seminary, took a detour into the construction industry for almost 20 years. In 2006, Jim (along with several other founding families), started Redeemer, a church in downtown Modesto that is learning to live as loved. Jim is committed to seeing the churches in our county glorify God by working against injustice and inequality, especially in the area of racism.

Jim has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications from California State University, Stanislaus, and a Master’s in Divinity (MDIV) as well as a Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) from Western Seminary, Oregon.

Why did you choose to be a board member of LSC?

I am humbled to be part of an organization that inspires and motivates all the sectors in our county to be here for the good of our community.

What do you love most about being on the LSC board?

I love seeing and encouraging the various gifted board members and staff in their work, as well as stepping into the gaps that I can fill.

What do you love most about living in Stanislaus County?

When I travel, what I look forward to coming home to the most is the amazing Mexican food, and the fresh produce. These are both God’s kindness and glory on display to us!

In what ways do you participate in the community?

Currently I am serving as the lead pastor of Redeemer in downtown Modesto, as well as serving as a member of the steering committee for Focus on Prevention with Stanislaus County. I am a member of the NAACP, as well as serving with several groups in the work of racial reconciliation.