For 50 years, Jim Garlow’s call, heart, and service have been to the local church, and for the last 23 years, he has served as the senior pastor of Skyline Church.
Pastor Garlow, however, is now answering a call to a national and international focus on governmental ministries and believes that our nation and all nations are poised for a touch from God. He and the church board of Skyline have been discussing and planning this transition for the past three months.
Near the end of this year, Garlow will change roles. He will step aside from the senior pastor role, but he will lead the unique ministries in governmental cities that were begun by Skyline Church in recent years. Skyline Church is setting up a new organization that consolidates these various ministries, to be led by Garlow.
Toward the end of 2018, he will shift his full-time focus to bringing “worship of the Lord and learning from the Word” to such strategic locations as the Capitol building and the various agencies in Washington, D.C. (begun in 2014) and the United Nations in New York City (begun in 2017). Garlow will continue to work with the current Skyline Church team in place in these locations, including pastor Rick Scarborough, who gives local pastoral leadership to the D.C. ministry, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who has served as executive director of Skyline’s ministry at the United Nations in New York City since the church birthed the ministry last year.
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In addition, Garlow, along with his wife, Rosemary Schindler Garlow, will continue to co-sponsor the Bible (Tanakh) study in partnership with a Jewish organization—Israel 365—which was begun earlier this year in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem, led by Member of the Knesset Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who leads the Knesset Caucus for the Encouragement of Bible Study. Rosemary has invested deeply in Jewish-Christian relationships, having made 66 trips to Israel, in support of Jewish Holocaust survivors and the Israeli Defense Forces.
Garlow expresses deep love and gratitude for the Skyline Church family that is truly a family to him.
“I cannot tell you how difficult it is to leave the pastoral ministry to the people who I so love. They are wonderful! I will miss them so much,” Garlow stated.