Jim Payne has been the Pastor of Midland Baptist Church since 1992. He was saved in 1980 at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. He was married to Tracy in 1980 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida in 1987. The same year he and his family moved to Purham, Minnesota and began pastoring the Bible Baptist Church. In 1992 they moved to Midland and have faithfully served in the pastorate here ministering to God’s people and teaching and preaching God’s Word. The Payne family includes three children: Bethany, James, and Timothy.