Portraits: Rev. Jimmy Hall

In November 1974, the New York Times bestseller was Centennial, by James Michener, a novel about Centennial, CO. The only thing Jimmy John Hall has in common with Centennial is that he drove through it on the way to Pagosa Springs, CO, on his honeymoon with Stefanie D. Hall in 2004. According to Google map, in 1974, some 1,278 miles northeast, in Southfield, MI, Jimmy John Hall, twin B, and Gordon Thomas Hall, twin A, were born eight minutes apart. Parents Linda and Jimmy (now divorced) also had Denny Wayne Hall. The three older boys are the same age for two and a half weeks.

Jimmy John Hall grew up on Livonia, MI, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1994. Afterward, he went to “Harvard on the Highway,” that is, Schoolcraft Community College, finished a BA degree at William Tyndale College in 2004, and received the Master of Divinity from Mid-America Reformed Seminary in 2010.

During that time, Jimmy attended an Assemblies of God church, and then an independent fundamentalist Baptist, so-called “Calvinistic” church, before becoming Reformed. After moving to Iowa, he and his wife found an RCUS church in Garner, IA. They continued to be blessed by the people at Peace Reformed Church. It was their home church that sent Jimmy to Dyer, IN, for seminary training. Now, Jimmy and Stefanie (a.k.a. Sugar Monster), three daughters—Eliana, Adalia, and Clara—and their fat, one-eyed pug “Jelly Bean,” live in Herreid, SD, where Jimmy is the pastor of Herreid First Reformed Church. He was installed as Minister of the Word in Herreid, SD, April 2011.

Jimmy and Stefanie like to cook, and serve their guests particularly Jimmy’s recipe called “Roasted Garlic Asiago Venison Meatball Soup” served with “Roasted Garlic Asiago Focaccia Bread.” They also enjoy the great outdoors and the many humorous situations at home trying to teach the Word of God and sing His praises with our daughters. One of their daughters covers a lot of territory as she prays, thanking God for each grasshopper, cricket, kitty-cat, and frog in their yard.

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