Dr. James M. Hutchens is a Christian Zionist on a mission for Israel – a mission to make God’s purposes for Israel and the Jewish people a visible issue. He is President and Chairman of the Board of The Jerusalem Connection International and Editor of the magazine “The Jerusalem Connection”. Dr. Hutchens is on the forward edge in the battle area of informing, educating and activating America’s Christian community to be engaged on issues related to Israel from a Biblical perspective.
From his military experience, Dr. Hutchens is well acquainted with the concept of “Mission.” He came to faith in Christ as an enlisted paratrooper under the ministry of his unit chaplain. After college and seminary, he returned to the Army as a chaplain. Dr. Hutchens was decorated for personal bravery in Viet Nam, including the Purple Heart, as the first chaplain wounded in Viet Nam. He served with the famous 173rd Airborne Brigade, and later with the celebrated “Green Berets.” Dr. Hutchens retired from active duty in 1994 with the rank of Brigadier General. His personal account of service in Viet Nam, “Beyond Combat,” tells of his experience as a combat chaplain.
Dr. Hutchens was ordained to the ministry in 1962 and has served, concurrent with his chaplain duties, as a church planter and senior pastor for over 24 years. His wife, Patty, is an exhibiting artist and teacher at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Northern Virginia Community College system. The Hutchens have three married children and twelve grand children. The Hutchens tell their fascinating story of a life-long love for Israel in their book“Guilty: Keeping God’s Covenant of Love with Israel.” The “General” now brings his military leadership skills and pastoral devotion to duty, to accomplish the mission of The Jerusalem Connection International. (TJCI)
TJCI is an advocate of Christian Zionism. It is in unity with Christians world-wide who stand in agreement with what God’s Word says about Israel. As Christian Zionists, TJCI supports the modern State of Israel as the partial fulfillment of God’s covenant promise to provide a national homeland of the Jewish people, in anticipation of their ultimate redemption. Through its “Operation Aliyah,” TJCI has helped bring over 80,000 Jews out of the former Soviet Union back to Israel. While still involved with Aliyah efforts in the FSU, God’s future focus appears to be on the 6.2 million Jews in the Americas. TJCI’s Elisha Fund brings food, shelter and medicine to countless impoverished Israelis – its Operation Life for Israel provides aid and comfort to victims of terror and supports sanctity of human life endeavors throughout Israel.
Under Dr. Hutchens’ leadership, The Jerusalem Connection Int’l stays current on all issues regarding the Middle East and Israel on a daily basis and keeps an ongoing update through “The Jerusalem Connection” magazine, and its e-mail video messaging newsletter. The “General’s” passion is to share the mission and vision of this ministry which has been raised up “for such a time as this.”
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