I have found Jim Achilles to not only be an exceptional retreat speaker but a wonderful mentor and faithful Christian. His ability to exegete the scripture and apply it to our modern context through sharing personal stories and struggles make him a particularly effective retreat speaker.  His availability after the retreat for follow up counseling and prayer proves that he is willing to care for the flock for more than just the time at the retreat. I would highly recommend him as a speaker for any occasion! 

Pastor Matthew Blevins
Castro Valley First Baptist Church

Jim is a remarkable speaker who is brave enough to touch on some sensitive topics.  His messages were deep with God’s truth, and at the same time his sense of humor kept us laughing throughout.  He’s walked in our shoes, which made us feel like friends traveling on the same path together…we could trust him!  He understands first-hand the challenges and joys of raising a child with disabilities and didn’t pretend to have all the answers. We’re starting to think differently now with more boldness to put our hope in Christ.

Juanita Alarcon
Program Manager
Joni and Friends International Disability Center

Joni and Friends Bay Area