James M. Hutchens is President Emeritus of The JerUSAlem Connection, International and editor of the foremost Christian Zionist online magazine in America, The JerUSAlem Connection Report. This is the go-to site for all things Israel viewed from a Biblical standpoint.
Dr. Hutchens is on a mission to keep God’s purposes for Israel and the Jewish people a continuing, visible issue for all to engage. He is on the forward edge in the battle area of informing, educating and activating America’s Christian community 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 valor in Viet Nam, with two Bronze stars, 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 Special Forces or “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 in Viet Nam.
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 of 54 years, Patty, was an exhibiting artist and professor at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Northern Virginia Community College system. Pat passed away in the spring of 2014 after enduring a grueling battle with ovarian cancer. Jim has three married children and twelve grand children and four great grandchildren. Jim and Patty’s fascinating story of a life-long love for Israel is recounted in their book “Guilty: Keeping God’s Covenant of Love with Israel.” The “General” brought his military leadership skills and pastoral devotion to duty to accomplish the mission of The JeruUSAlem Connection International (TJCI).
TJCI serves an advocate of Christian Zionism. It stands as one with Christians world-wide who are 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. Through its Operation Aliyah, TJCI has helped bring over 80,000 Jews out of the former Soviet Union back to Israel. Dr. Hutchens, and the TJCI team, believes God’s future focus will be on the 6.2 million Jews in the Americas. TJCI’s Elisha Fund brings food, shelter and medicine to countless impoverished and needy Israelis – its Operation Life for Israel provides aid and comfort to victims of terror and supports sanctity of human life endeavors throughout Israel. Taking bombed out Bus # 19 from Israel around the USA helped to confront the anti-Semitism of Islamic Jihadist terrorism. For further information on these programs please go to our “Projects” page.
Rather than “replacing” or “superseding” Israel and the Jews as the covenant people of God, Dr. Hutchens sees Christians as having been “engrafted” into the family of God and thus joint-heirs of the covenant promises of God. He believes TJCI is called to restore an appreciation of the Hebrew roots of Christianity. He seeks to encourage all believers to wait with expectation “for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” These projects and purposes are carried out with an attitude of extending mercy because of the mercy we have received in Christ (Romans 11:30-31).
The JerUSAlem Connection. Int’l is bold to believe we follow in the distinguished tradition of the “men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” We believe a Christian’s perspective on what God is doing in Israel is a vital key to seeing the big picture of God’s plan and how he is operating in the world today. With this perspective, Christians have a sense of urgency to be used by God as never before. TJCI encourages you to be a part of living out that sense of urgency as a result of having a Biblical perspective on Israel.
Under Dr. Hutchens’ leadership, The JerUSAlem Connection’ Int’l has stayed current on all the issues regarding the Middle East and Israel on a daily basis and keeps an ongoing update through “The JerUSAlem Connection Report” blog. 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.”