James Palmer is married to Gretchen and has 3 daughters. He is a Traverse City native, leaving only to attend Hope College and Asbury Theological Seminary and was lucky enough to return to Traverse City to raise his family. He first sensed the call to ministry in 1995 at the age of 19. James is an avid entrepreneur and loves thinking outside of the box. He formerly served as a reserve police officer for the city of Traverse City, and hobbies include gardening, building tree houses, making maple syrup, real estate, tinkering on his 1976 GMC, and tending to their chickens and goats.