Pastor Goebel graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Pastoral Studies. He earned his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2003. During his time in ministry, he pastored several churches in New Jersey and Philadelphia. He accepted a commission in the United States Navy Chaplains Corps. After completing tours at NAS, Meridian and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he served sea tours onboard the USS Oak Hill and USS San Jacinto. Jim has served as pastor of Temple Baptist Church and Sedley Baptist Church. He is currently working on his PhD in Biblical Studies at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School.