Faith Presbyterian Church (USA)
James (Jim) Douglas Simpson I was born in Hamilton, Scotland and lived in Motherwell, my home town, all the way through High School. Throughout this time I was continually encouraged by my parents in my faith and active participation in our local Church of Scotland congregation, St. Margaret’s. I regard myself as a “child of the church,” having never doubted God’s existence and presence in the world and the lives of people around me. I am a Well supporter and some say my blood is claret and amber! The year after leaving High School I spent as a Training in Evangelism volunteer at the St. Ninian’s Centre in Crieff. I graduated from the University of Dundee with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 during that time I was accepted as a candidate for the Ministry of the Church of Scotland and became a candidate of the Presbytery of Hamilton before transferring to the Presbytery of Aberdeen, by whom I was licensed as a Preacher of the Gospel in June of 1986. That same year I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with my Bachelor of Divinity with Honors in Systematic Theology and Church History. In 1983, Janice, my wife, and I were married. We have two children; Jennifer is married to Ryan and she is currently a stay at home mom with our two grandchildren, Kayleigh and Callum. Our son, works for Sojourners in Washington DC. Arriving in the United Sates in 1996, I continued my theological education, graduating with my D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA in 2000. My probationary year was spend at Bellshill West Parish and I was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Kincardine and Deeside on May 7, 1987, and inducted as Parish Minister in Newtonhill (Bourtreebush) and Portlethen Churches, near Aberdeen. I served there until accepting the call to serve the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell GA in 1996. Between 2007 and 2009 I served as Director of Church Relations at Presbyterian College. I served as the Pastor and Head of Staff of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill SC from 2009 to 2013 until moving to Blue Ridge GA to serve as Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in January of 2013. I am a minister member of Cherokee Presbytery. My hobbies and interests include lots of sports, football, rugby and golf. I enjoy watching movies, traveling and good food and company
Ms.Cardwell is a resident of Murphy, NC. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina with a focus in Piano Pedagogy (the art of teaching). Her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Baptist College at Charleston, SC, is a double major in Piano and Voice Performance with a minor in Organ. Her post-graduate studies were in Harpsichord.
Since her early teens, Ms. Cardwell has served as a church musician. While at Baptist College, she was under scholarship to serve as accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, and the college choir. She was also vocal soloist for the choir and began her career as a piano teacher. At the University of SC, she was Graduate Assistant to the Music Appreciation department and studied piano under Canadian pianist, Raymond Dudley.
Ms. Cardwell lived in Atlanta, GA, 1980-2000, where she became very active with music teacher organizations. She was President of Gwinnett Music Teachers Association, Cherokee County Music Teachers Association, and founder and President of North Fulton Music Teachers Association. She currently serves as piano and vocal adjudicator for the National Federation of Music Clubs and the National Guild of Piano Teachers as well as other competitions.
While in Atlanta, Ms. Cardwell became Concert Artist/Factory Representative for the Kawai America Piano Corporation which had her performing promotional concerts throughout the Southeast.
Ms. Cardwell also enjoys athletic activities including horseback riding and snow skiing, and she is Director and Head Instructor at the Christian Martial Arts Center in Murphy. She and her ex-husband, Harry Cardwell, have one son, Adrian, who plays piano, guitar, bass, and banjo. Her menagerie of critters includes 3 horses, 2 dogs, and 6 cats.
Ms. Cardwell joined the Faith family as Music Director in July, 2015, but she and Pastor Dr. Jim Simpson became acquainted much earlier when she was a member of his church in Atlanta.