Jim is a Son. Husband. Father. Pastor. Author.


Jim Essian planted The Paradox Church in 2011, an Acts 29 Network church in Downtown Fort Worth, and serves as Lead Pastor. Jim played eight years of professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Detroit Tigers organizations, prior to planting.

Jim and his wife Heather have been married for 14 years, and they have three girls: Harper Grace, Hollis Jane, and Hadden Faith.

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Some Stuff

Do You Feel Like a Pastoral Fraud?

Do you ever feel like a fake? A fraud? Like the self-portrait you’ve painted for others is a rip-off of somebody else? Someone more holy, more pure—less Pharisaical, more Spurgeon-esque? …

Skeptics Don’t Hum

Adam had complete access to God; to the Mystery of the cosmos, the Wonder of all creation. Imagine the conversations: Abba, why did you make watermelon? For your joy. But …