Jim Codling grew up in Canada and migrated to the US for education and marriage. He now resides in Mississippi. He received his Th.D. in Historical Theology from Concordia, St. Louis, and his Ed.D. from Mississippi State University. He is a pastor at Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church and lecturer at MSU in the fields of education and religion, and at Trinity College and Seminary. Previous publications include works in foundations of education, history, missions, the arts, and ethics in the classroom and the media. His wife, Christine, and children, Mattie and Louis, are artistic so that leaves him to be the writer.