Jim Birchfield
Senior Pastor
Senior pastor Jim Birchfield was born in 1956 in Waukegan, Illinois, and received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1979. In 1989, Jim accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and sensed a call to full time Christian service. In 1992, this call became irresistible; Jim resigned his position as senior vice president of an international advertising agency and entered Fuller Seminary. At Fuller, he earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry while working at Los Angeles’ Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Throughout his four years at Bel Air, Jim served as director of high school ministry, director of missions and director of ministry to single adults. In 1996, Jim accepted a call to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, where he spent the next thirteen years as associate pastor for young adults, singles, missions, and discipleship and then executive pastor. Jim is a voracious reader, who tries to stay current on Christian theology and its practical applications to his ministry. For pleasure, Jim also reads history, biography and modern fiction. In addition, Jim enjoys playing golf with friends and is a huge fan of college football, basketball and professional golf. Since arriving at First Pres in 2009, Jim has continued to remain active in encouraging FPC ministries locally and globally. Currently, Jim serves on the board of The Outreach Foundation and Houston Christian Foundation, and on the advisory board for SRG.


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As Senior Pastor, I am FPC’s lead teacher and provide leadership toward our mission and vision.

What’s one of your favorite scriptures?

Matthew 16:24-26

What are your top 3 favorite movies?

The Godfather Trilogy, Braveheart and Doctor Zhivago

What is your hidden talent or fun fact about you?

Passionate about spending time with my family.

What is the best thing about Houston?

The people! Warm, genuine and full of hospitality.

What drew you to your current role/ministry?

The legacy of FPC’s commitment to mission in the city and around the world.

What do you enjoy most about being on staff at FPC?

The people! We have an incredible congregation — and an amazing staff.

Most memorable FPC moment?

The worship services on the Sunday after Hurricane Harvey.

Favorite workday lunch spot?

Pasha in Rice Village

What year did you start working at FPC?


What is your go-to Chick-Fil-A order?

Ha! I think I’ve only gone there three times in my life.

If you could have dinner with anyone (past, present, or future) who would it be and why?

C.S. Lewis. I’m inspired by his creativity and his insights into our faith.

Who is your favorite author?

Tim Keller and C.S. Lewis

What is something God has been teaching you lately?

The importance of silence and solitude as a spiritual discipline (or practice).

What music are you listening to right now?

Bob Dylan

What is your favorite TV show or movie?

Friday Night Lights

What is one of the most memorable experiences of your life?

Coming to Christ as a young adult. I can still vividly recall every moment!

What inspires you?

Stories of people who have overcome adversity — or stood faithfully in its midst.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Vanilla (which IS a flavor)!