He is one of our work/campers here at the Passion Play. You may see him at the welcome booth talking with the visitors and giving instructions on navigating through our many attractions on campus.
Before the play was officially opened, Jim began working for the Smith Foundation taking care of the animals. In 1968, on the night of the first performance of the Great Passion Play, Jim’s first role was one of the Sanhedrin guards. “For the next 3 years, I played all the male characters except for the part of Jesus.” Jim recalls. And for each of those years he got a trophy for being the most versatile actor.
When asked about how he got involved with the non- profit, he recalls, “As a sideline Christian, I got more information about the organization and wanted to be a part of it. I visited with the initial leadership and they encouraged me to try it out.”
Jim loves to read, especially westerns by Louis L’Amour and any book that brings out New Testament characters. When asked what Jim loves most about being here, he simply replies, “I love people and sharing stories together.” We at the Great Passion Play can tell you are a people person, Jim. Thank you for making our visitors feel welcome and treating them like family.