Services for Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway, 70, of Clearbrook, MN, died on Thursday, November 21, 2019 with his wife and sons by his side at Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, Clearbrook, MN. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the memorial.
James Erwin Galloway was born in Richmond, Virginia to Frank and Geraldine (Bobbitt) Galloway on March 5, 1949. Jim graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston, WV in 1967. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Art Education with a Double Minor in Math from West Virginia State University, a Masters of Art in Art Education with an emphasis in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin Superior, and a Masters of Theology with emphasis in Old Testament and Semitics from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1985.
Jim enjoyed all of nature. In 1973, while living in beautiful Beuna Vista, Virginia, he noticed the complexity and design built into all of nature, and realized there must be a Creator. He knew he was accountable to God. A local minister and his wife led Jim to faith in Jesus.
In 1976, after spending the summer working at Covenant Park Bible Camp, Pat Levno came with her family for Labor Day Family Camp. Jim was teaching a basket weaving craft and invited Pat to go on the Saturday evening hayride with him, where he sang to her. That was the beginning of a long distance courtship that culminated in marriage on June 10, 1978.
Jim and Pat settled in Dallas, TX, where Jim attended Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating in 1985. During their time at the seminary, Benjamin and Joshua were added to the family.
In 1986, Jim began a ministry with Hebrew Christian Fellowship, seeking creative ways to reach out to Jewish People, primarily in the Philadelphia area, with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah. Jim’s love for people and desire for them to know Jesus made him bold to talk to anyone who would listen. His youngest son David was born a few years after they settled in Ambler, PA.
After 22 years of professional ministry, Jim transitioned to work in a storage facility, where he grew to hate storage. But, he still loved people and continued to talk to anyone who would listen. A few years later, he became the Sexton at Keystone Fellowship Church in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife also served in the college and career ministry. Jim and Pat’s next move was to Minnesota to help care for his father-in-law. He became the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota, where he served faithfully from 2014 until his passing. He was also actively involved in the Mustard Seed Program, a recovery center.
Jim was a very eclectic man, with many (and various) hobbies. During his time in the Philadelphia area, he established a small business which he named Creation 6 Reptiles. His purpose was to both generate income and to use the reptiles as ambassadors for the Gospel. He enjoyed talking about Creation and winning people for the sake of Christ, and used the reptiles to point people to Jesus. He often took his reptiles to libraries, churches, birthday parties, 4-H groups, and even a Jewish summer camp.
His interest in art and knowledge of art history gave him many opportunities to talk to people about Jesus. Jim saw artistic potential for projects in almost everything around him. His brilliant mind connected many things that others may not notice. Any time a number was mentioned, he related it to a time or year in history.
After the move to Minnesota, since he couldn’t bring his reptiles with him, his love of nature transformed into a passion for plants, filling the house with greenery and herbs even during the winter months.
In June of 2019, Jim suffered a massive heart attack and spent almost two months at Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis, MN. After his open heart surgery and the placement of a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), Jim was given a heart pillow and a Sharpie marker, which the nurses suggested could be signed by doctors and staff. Jim asked everyone who helped him to sign the pillow. No one was too insignificant. Many commented that they had never been asked to sign a pillow. He used each request to talk about Jesus and the amazing gift of life he had been given, both physically and spiritually. Before he moved from the heart hospital to the rehab center, the original pillow was completely full. Pat made a second pillow, which he also filled with signatures from the staff at Courage Kenny Rehab Institute. A third pillow, now quite full, was signed by everyone who helped him with home care, outpatient rehab, and clinic visits.
God gave Jim countless gifts. He used them to be the hands and feet of Jesus. His impact has been felt far and wide.