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Chaplain, Storyteller, Spiritual Director:

Grounded Feet, Open Heart

Spiritual Direction, Storytelling, Tai Chi & Qigong


About Jim

I have been a healthcare chaplain for 29 years, working in hospitals, hospice, long-term care, and recently returned to MetroHealth Medical Center, a regional trauma and safety-net hospital.

Certified Spiritual Director, Certified Tai Chi Chuan instructor, and has been actively performing as biblical storyteller for two decades.


Favorite climb

The Arrowhead Arete, Yosemite


700 ft.


37°43'42.9"N 119°38'09.9"W

God loves a cheerful giver... so give it all you got.



I won my first competition back in 2010 at the Mountain West Regional Championships held at Moab, Utah. Sending a 5.13a sport route in a single attempt earned me first place in the Men’s division. Before then, I’d received 1st and 2nd place at a few youth competitions. 2010 was my entry into the big leagues. A couple months after Moab, Utah, I traveled to El Paso, TX for the National Championships. I got second place by sending a 5.13c sport route in two attempts.

In 2012, I won first place in the Nationals held at Acadia National Park, Maine by flashing a V12 bouldering problem. It was my first time visiting the East Coast and I was glad to have been used to Jackson Hole’s more humid weather. I think that gave me an advantage that climbers from drier regions didn’t have. In 2015 I entered my first international competition in Cochamó, Patagonia, Chile. I didn’t place, but plan to for the 2016 championship in Krabi, Thailand.