Pastor Jim Dean was born in Kentucky which explains his obsession with UK Wildcat basketball, the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. He moved to the Smoky Mountains out of college. He is married to Lisa Henson Dean. They have two children, Mandi and Jonathan. Jim has served on several church staffs and spent five years as a resort area missionary. In 2005, Jim helped start The Summit. Jim is a graduate of Georgetown College (B.A. in Physical Education), Southwestern Seminary (M.A. in Religious Education) and Drew University (D. Min.). In his free time Jim enjoys backpacking, camping , whitewater rafting and snow skiing.