A Bit About Pastor Jim Griggers
My wife and I along with our three children (Christopher, Joy and Daniel)
first came to Europe on Mother's Day 1980. At that time we were
commissioned by our home church to start a church in the tiny Principality of
Liechtenstein. Over the years that was possible, and we were also
privileged to start a church among the US Military in Wildflecken, Germany as
well as a German language church in Bad Brückenau, Germany. During
those years we were privileged to help two other churches get back up on their
feet. One of these was almost defunct in the city of Heilbronn Germany.
This church had a mixed congregtion (German and English). The other work
was in Ulm Germany, where the very capable missionary John Beach was starting
a church. We were also privileged to do work during those years in the
city of Bad Ischl, Austria and in Schweinfurt Germany. A quick glance at
a map will show you how difficult this was, but the Lord gave us an added
amount of strength, and many souls were saved and added to the local churches.
After finishing the work in Liechtenstein, we packed our things and returned
to the United States, where my home church promptly gave us a commission to
start a church in Up-State New York. After much prayer, we started
working in the town of Gloversville, NY. Over a period of just over
three years the Bible Baptist Church of Gloversville was started and turned
over to a pastor. This church was signally blessed in being able to
support a great number of missionaries as well as taking care of their pastor.
(I might add, that the church in Liechtenstein was also very blessed in their
missions program, and gave almost as much to their missions program as they
did to their general fund).
May 16th 1996 we were asked to take over the work in the city of Bludenz,
Austria. This work had been struggling for many years and were not able
to meet their expenses. They did own a small basement facility, which
was no where near full during the Sunday Services. We actually came back
to Austria in September 1996 and took up the task of making this local
congregation become self-supporting. Since that time, we have sold the
basement facilities and have purchased a much larger building not far from the
Bludenz City Centre. Within a year after arriving, we were able to ordain two
Austrians to help in the work as deacons. Shortly thereafter, we set up
the Bibelinstitut Bludenz (Bible Institute), and began the work of educating
leadership for the church. At this point, we have had several men and
women graduate with a three year diploma. Another four or five have
earned their Bachelor of Theologly Degree, and two of our men have earned the
Master of Religious Education Degrees. If you wish to view some of
these, there are several photographs which can been seen on our homepage. www.volksmission.org
The newly purchased building in Bludenz has now become too small, and we had
to cut a hole in the floor of the fellowship hall (concrete almost a meter
thick), so that we could gain proper access to some basement storage rooms.
This allowed us to renovate three rooms and these have now been added to the
Sunday School space. The church is now supporting ten missionaries (approx 220
Euros each per month). The average attendance to Sunday Services is now
somewhere between 150 and 170, with most of these being adults. The
Sunday School has approximately 50 children up to the age of twelve. At this
point the church is completely self-supporting with the exception of the
pastor. The pastor's salary is being placed into escrow and this is
almost to the point that they can fully pay the salary of their own pastor
with all the state required insurances and benefits.
Oh yes, as you probably know, in the meantime our three children are grown and
living in the United States. Christopher is married and has given us one
grandchild. They live in Kentucky. Daniel (the youngest) is still single and
is living in Indianapolis, IN. Joy and her husband are living in
Manhattan, NY and serving in a church there.