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Jim Monroe was born and raised in Huntingtonville, just outside of Watertown, NY. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1968 and was drafted into the US Army in 1970. Being a conscientious objector he was trained as a medic in San Antonio, Texas and the served the remainder of his tour of duty at Fort Rucker, Alabama where helicopter pilots were trained for Vietnam. It was at Fort Rucker that an army buddy first led him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jim continued serving the Lord in a local church in Ozark, Alabama for a year after his discharge from the army. He served there in the children and youth ministries.
Jim moved back to Watertown in 1972. From 1973 -1999 he worked as a draftsman for Jefferson County Tax Mapping Department. Jim and his wife Christine built and owned Onsite Testing Services, Inc., a local business that develops and coordinates drug and alcohol testing programs for companies throughout New York State.
Over the years Jim has served in many different positions including Sunday school teacher, youth leader, elder, education director, and associate pastor. His wife has served in music ministry in the various churches they have attended. Currently they serve at First Baptist Church in Watertown, NY.