pastor james mckibbin


I am a Warsaw Indiana native with a “Hoosiers Spirit.”  My wife, Trisha, and I live in New Cumberland with our two dogs Chloe and Diesel. We enjoy cruising, traveling, sporting events, spending time at our lake home in Indiana, drama, our families and friends, and the Grace family. My hobbies include gardening, antique John Deere tractors, of which I am a proud owner, Notre Dame football, reading, writing and farming.


My education includes undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees in Science, Theology and Psychology. I am licensed in Mental Health, Marriage/Family and a Mediator in Dispute Resolution.  My experience includes being a Pastor, Chaplain, Educator, Clinician, Program Development Specialist, Mediator in Dispute Resolution, and Motivational Lecturer.


  • What inspires you?  A Sunrise, A Sunset, The Bible, People, A Book.
  • What are some of your favorite books?  “The Walk” by Richard Paul Evans, “The Bible,” “The Shack” by William P. Young, “The Notebook”, “The Longest Ride”, “Safe Haven”, “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks, “Lincoln on Race and Slavery” by Henry Louis Gates Jr, “Truman” by David McCullough. “Woodrow Wilson, Ruling Elder, Spiritual President” by Barry Hankins, “Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams.
  • What do you do when you’re not at work?  Read, Theatre, Travel, Gardening, Exercise, Dinner with Friends, and Visit with Family.
  • What’s the coolest part of your job?  People, Visiting, Homilies, Study and Fellowship (with meals).
  • If you could have any super power, which would you want?  Compassion and Persuasion for influencing people to have a personal commitment for Jesus Christ.
  • What’s the best meal you ever had?  Southern Fried Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream with Irish Black Walnut Scones.
  • What’s the most interesting place your feet have ever been?  Mars Hill in Athens, Greece.
  • You’re at the local ice cream shop.  What’s your go to flavor?  Lemon.
  • Who would play you in a movie about your life?  Robert Redford.
  • Do you have any nicknames (that you can type here)?   Why/How did you get it?   “Kibbie”. A friend who thought it better described my character?



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