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CREATIVE IMPACT MINISTRIES Delivers Creative Arts in the Mission Field

Jim (’79) and Lynn (Scates) Adams met on the campus of San Jose Bible College at New Student Orientation in 1973 and were married in the Fall of 1974. Jim began his journey at SJBC shortly after receiving Christ at the age of 24. It was never his intention to become a preacher but he wanted to increase his knowledge of scripture and surround himself with like-minded individuals. Lynn came to SJBC in order to prepare for the mission field.

Te newlyweds first experience in the mission field presented itself when they received an opportunity to serve in Chili as interns with Central Christian Church in 1976. For two years they provided leadership support and training for church-planting pastors alongside fellow SJBC alum, Jeff (’76) and Cathy (Tomlin, ’76) Phillips. After returning, Lynn gave birth to their first of five children and Jim completed his degree in

1979. Upon graduation they planted a church with Craig Cook (’79) in Yuba City and for the next 35 years they served as lead pastors in California, North Dakota, Minnesota and Idaho.

When asked what led Jim into ministry he responded, “It wasn’t until I began volunteering for the youth group at Central Christian Church that I realized ministering was my calling. I am grateful to SJBC for providing me with strong understanding of scripture and the biblical teachings of God.” Both he and Lynn were strongly encouraged and influenced by Dallas Meserve and Ruben Ratzlaff, among others. One of their fondest memories was the time spent in “BodyLife” sessions led by Professor Jim Crain (’66).

In 2004, Lynn was hired by the Nampa Idaho School District to develop public school curriculum about Navajo Art and Culture.

In 2006, she asked Jim to help her make a video documenting life on the Navajo reservation. Lynn explained, “We bought an inexpensive video camera and spent five weeks in Arizona filming Navajo weavers, sheep herders and silversmiths.”

While assisting Lynn, Jim discovered his passion for video production and in 2012, Creative Impact Ministries was established. Teir ministry focuses on telling the stories of missionaries to the people back at home. Te couple believes that true partnership happens when there is a heart-felt connection with the missionary and their work. Rather than just supporting missions because they feel like they ought to, true partners know and care personally for the missionaries and the people they serve. Providing a “virtual experience” is one way of making this connection.


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