Jim and KJ Swearingen
Jim and his wife KJ relocated and raised their family in the inner-city community of South Linden in Columbus, Ohio. Jim founded and directed Urban Concern (for Xenos Christian Fellowship) and served in South Linden for 17 years. Under their leadership Urban Concern developed Bible studies, after-school programs, mentoring, education, job training, housing, discipleship, home church planting, and Harambee Christian School.
Jim then founded City Vision in 2004, which has been training, networking and developing Christian Community Development ministries in Ohio and New York.
City Vision has organized several regional conferences and has networked volunteers with the City Vision Community Partner ministries over the years.
Jim and KJ relocated to Buffalo, NY in 2009, so that City Vision could lead the ministry at the Buffalo Christian Center. The Buffalo Christian Center recently sold and established a foundation to fund inner city youth ministry. The inner city youth ministry “Merge” transitioned to City Vision.
In Buffalo, they focused much of their efforts gathering a group of people interested in planting a church in the city called City Vision Fellowship, A Gathering of Home Churches”, with a mission to reach the lost, disciple them, live out Biblical community, and raise up leaders in the city. At this time, a group of 40-50 diverse young people who live and go to school or work in the city have been meeting. Jim and KJ serve as the Senior Leaders in Buffalo.
In 2021 the fellowship was rebranded as “Abide Fellowship”, as new leadership was established. Jim and KJ will continue to serve Abide Fellowship as consultants following their transition back to the Columbus, Ohio area.
Having returned to Columbus, they are excited to see what opportunities the Lord will provide for them in their next steps in ministry.
Jim served on the Christian Community Development Association Board for over 17 years. Jim graduated from Ohio State and KJ graduated from Ohio University.