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Ivy Creek welcomed Pastor Jim Thornton as its new pastor in June 2007. Pastor Jim brings a wealth of experience and devotion to the ministry of Ivy Creek.
Pastor Jim Thornton - 22 Jul 2007The Rev. James W. Thornton, Sr. (Pastor Jim) was born and reared in Richmond, VA.  He married his High School sweetheart, the former Carol Martha Rogers.  Carol and Jim had two children, Jay and Julie, and five grandchildren, all of whom currently live in Virginia. Carol battled breast cancer for well over a decade and died of complications from Leukemia.   She played a large part in Pastor Jim’s journey into the ordained pastoral ministry.
Pastor Jim recently married the former Sandra Gail Benson, who was the Director of Planning for Northampton County, VA.  She was also a part time Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church prior to their marriage.  Sandra is very active at Ivy Creek UMC and enjoys the blessings of being the pastor’s spouse.
Jim raised his family in the United Methodist Church and entered the ministry while a member of the Chester UMC.  He spent over 10 years as an adult Probation and Parole Officer with the state of Virginia and almost 15 years as a United States Probation Officer (U.S.P.O.) in the Eastern District of Virginia in Petersburg, VA.  Feeling the call of God to be a pastor, he left his position as a U.S.P.O. and went to Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C.  He served churches on the Eastern Shore of VA and in Louisa County, VA prior to coming to Ivy Creek in 2007.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 March 2013 )
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