Jim was baptized and reared Pentecostal Holiness. He attended Oral Roberts University and then earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Stirling University, in Scotland. Sally was brought up in the Open Bible church but became Pentecostal after meeting Jim. Between 1978 – 1993 they both were Methodists. In 1993, Jim was ordained a priest in the Charismatic Episcopal church. Jim was received into the Catholic Church in 1996 and Sally in 1997.