Jim Tarter is an elder at GCC. Jim met God in 1972 as a young, agnostic Ph.D. physicist. He was captivated by the authenticity of Jesus and the vibrant truth of the Gospel shown through the Bible. Jim moved to Roanoke in 1978 and joined GCC in 1986. He has taught in public schools since 1976, and has written numerous books about the Bible. Jim and his wife Nita go on mission trips as often as possible.