Jim and Donna have been married for 40 years and have two children who are both graduates of Freed-Hardeman University. Their daughter, Amber, is married to Jeremiah Tatum who preaches at the Willow Avenue church of Christ in Cookeville, Tennessee. Their son, Adam and his wife Leah live in Nashville, Tennessee where Adam is the pulpit minister for the Lebanon Road church of Christ. Jim and Donna also have five grandchildren.
Jim Faughn is a native of Metropolis, Illinois. After his high school graduation and receiving a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, he returned to Metropolis to teach at the high school from which he graduated. He was baptized into Christ during this time and subsequently began preaching on a part-time basis.
In 1978, he began his first full-time local work in Vienna, Illinois. While preaching there, he received a Master’s degree from what is now Amridge University. He has preached full-time in Vienna, Illinois, Dexter, Missouri, and, since January of 2001, has served as minister of the Central church of Christ in Paducah, Kentucky. Since December of 2003, he has also served as one of the elders. For four-and-one-half years, he served as the Director of Off-Campus Advancement for Freed-Hardeman University.
Besides his local work, Jim has been invited to speak at gospel meetings, workshops, and lectureships in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. He has also made two mission trips to India. He has had articles published in various brotherhood publications and is the author of a book entitled Have You Ever Considered?.
Donna has been, and is, involved with various works in the church. She has taught all ages in Bible classes and Vacation Bible Schools. She is now teaching a weekly Ladies’ Bible Class. She helped organize and coordinate a Thursday (pre)school, and has served as a counselor at church camp. In addition, Donna is a very popular speaker at ladies’ days and retreats.
Donna has a degree from Southern Illinois University in communication. She is a former speech and English teacher. Her pastimes include playing with her grandchildren, gardening, reading, and writing. Her favorite verse is Matthew 6:33.
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