Pastor Jim Combs was born in Pontiac, Michigan on October 31st, 1958. His parents, Jim and Jeannie Combs are dedicated Christians and have served God for many years.
In June of 1976 after graduating from high school he trusted the Lord as his Savior. He was baptized at Faith Baptist Church of Waterford, Michigan and began serving in the bus ministry and teaching Sunday School.
In 1978 he met his wife to be, a fine Christian young lady and within a year he surrendered to the ministry and married Carole Merrill.
Jim’s education includes training at Arlington Baptist College, Moody Bible Institute, Midwestern Baptist College, Baptist Christian University and Trinity Seminary. He has Bachelors degrees in Education and Religious Education as well as completion of his Masters Degree and Ph.D. He was ordained by Rev. Chester Lykins at Faith Baptist Church on August 1st, 1982.
In 1980 he began as the Youth/Children Pastor of his home church, Faith Baptist of Waterford, Michigan. During the seven-year stay the Youth Department experienced excellent growth. He also had duties as Music Director, Bus Director, Children’s Director and Associate Pastorate responsibilities.
In 1987 God called Pastor Jim and Carole to Calvary Baptist Church in Duncanville, Texas. For two years he worked as Youth/Children Pastor. During the two years he traveled extensively, preaching at other churches and in Youth conferences.
In 1989 Faith Baptist Church of Waterford, Michigan called him back to be their Pastor. He is currently the Pastor of an exciting, flourishing church. Upon arrival at the church the attendance was approximately 100. This is where his dream began. He planted a vision in people’s hearts to really see God do something special and spectacular. In the past 30 years, Faith Church, along with The River Church, The Rock Church and Market Street Church have seen thousands in attendance and ministries reaching their communities with the gospel. New parking lots, building expansions, added gatherings and new locations have not been enough to hold the phenomenal growth. He currently pastor’s The River Church which has locations in Holly, Goodrich, Grand Blanc and Waterford (Faith Church). He is also the Pastor Emeritus at The Rock Church in Fenton.
God has allowed him to travel to over 35 countries and across the United States sharing God’s word. Pastor Jim has also had the privilege of speaking to many of the local High Schools and sports teams throughout the area and is called upon to minister to the community through countless ways. In addition, he has had the honor of speaking at many chapels for the University of Michigan football team.
He likes to believe his real accomplishments are his family. Five children have blessed him and Carole’s home, Joshua, Caleb, Isaiah, Luke and Angel have all committed to Christ. Joshua with his wife Jennifer (along with their 5 children), serves at The River Church as the Lead Pastor. Caleb with his wife Sierra (and their 2 kids) serves at The River Church as the Gathering Pastor. Isaiah with his wife Leone (and their 3 kids) serves at The River Church as the Director of Worship and Young Adults. Luke and his wife Madison live in Grand Blanc, MI and Luke works with the Sheriff’s department. Angel is working at a local preschool and living in the area.
He and his wife have also founded a ministry called the EsKape, a retreat for children. He and his wife plan to retire there, committing the rest of their lives to kids. The 30 acres in Clarkston, Michigan has been purchased and construction continues as they prepare the Eskape for ministry.