Jim Zaebst was raised on a family farm in Cherry Valley, Ohio. Following high school he spent three years in the United States Army as an M.P. He worked for First Energy as a Lineman for 20 years. Pastor Jim was in a Bi-Vocational Ministry as an Associate Pastor for many years in Ashtabula, Ohio at First Grace Gospel Church under Pastor David Adams.
It was during Pastor Jim's early years at Ashtabula under David Adams teaching that Pastor Jim felt a call to Ministry.