Rev. Kitchens is a native of Mississippi, and earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Ole Miss. He later relocated to Berkeley to earn his Master’s of Divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion while also pursuing his Reformed studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has served as an associate pastor at Oakland’s First Presbyterian Church, pastor at Davis Community Presbyterian Church (CA), and pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville (TN). In addition to his church ministry, Jim played a major role in the development of the Bread of Life Center for Christian Formation in Davis, served a term as moderator of the Presbytery of Sacramento, served as Pastor-Theologian in Residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, NJ), and served on the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Committee on Theological Education while also mentoring first-call pastors. Jim has also served on steering committees of regional chapters of both the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and More Light Presbyterians, and most recently chaired the Examinations Subcomittee on the Middle Tennessee Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry.
Jim is a published author, whose book, "The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era," focuses on creatively engaging rapidly changing cultural trends in the light of the Gospel. Jim lives in San Francisco with his wife Deborah -- with two grown daughters, Jessica and Sara (and husband Will) nearby.