About Jim Renke

MY BLOG NAME:  Onward & Upward

Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.”  Jesus calls us “onward and upward” toward him.  His presence, His power, His redemption, His glory is the goal of faith.  I hope to use my gifts and opportunities to spur you to a closer walk with Christ and leave a grace-filled imprint on the life of those around you.


I’m Jim Renke.  I am the son of Marvin and Betty.  I am married to Kris.  I am the father of 4 sons and the father-in-law to 2 great daughters-in-law.  I’m grandpa.  I am a Regional Minister.  So, I spend my time, encouraging and resourcing pastors and congregations to live on God’s mission.  I love encouraging, teaching, motivating and equipping people.  I get a thrill out of God’s Word.  I really enjoy long motorcycle rides.  I look at my life as ministry.  Each of these roles give me an opportunity to share the love and grace of God to others.


I am committed to posting Monday morning encouragements and other times the Spirit leads.  And I would really love your feedback.  Comments are encouraged even if we disagree.

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You can email me at jimrenke@comcast.net


I am currently the Regional Minsiter for the Upper Mississippi Region of North American Baptist Churches.  I live in the greater Chicago area and serve churches in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  I have served as Pastor in 4 churches:  George, Iowa; Aplington, Iowa; Modesto, California and in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  I love Christ and His church.  My favorite activity is engaging the Word of God through study and preaching.  Away from the study and from ministry, I really enjoy riding my motorcycle.  Long trips are a favorite. Someone once said, “If you don’t ride, you won’t understand.  If you do ride, I don’t have to explain.”

I’ve studied at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL; Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD; and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; South Hamilton, MA.  I received my D.Min. in 2004.  My project was on the Effectiveness of Preaching as a Tool for Leading Corporate Change.

I married my best friend and confidant, Kris Prim, in 1985 and we have four sons and 2 beautiful daughters-in-law.  Andrew (and Cassie) is a Youth Pastor.  Michael (and Lauren) keeps the rubber on the road.  Philip is working and serving in ministry.  Jonathan is at MBI.

Disclaimer:  Glass Pulpit is a personal blog.  The opinions expressed are solely my own.  They do not represent the Upper Mississippi Region, the North American Baptist Conference, or any other organization with which I am affiliated or employed.


2 thoughts on “About Jim Renke

  1. Love your application of the dream, Jim. I love hearing from the men – we women talk enough. The Church needs the men to riSE and proclaim! I sat in on a class at Gordon-C years back, and took classes at Westminster in PA while I taught GATE in the public schools. I would be honored, for your training and knowledge and faith, if you would take a moment for these thoughts on suffering:




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