Deacon Jim was born in Wilmington, Delaware, attended Salesianum High School, and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1969. He worked in the commercial banking industry in Delaware for 31 years before retiring. In 1972, Jim and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Milford where they raised their two children. In Milford, he was active in several ministries at St. John the Apostle Parish. The Walls' moved to the Lewes area in 1996 where Jim continued his parish ministry involvement at both St. Edmond's and St. Jude's. In 2004 Jim entered the diaconal formation program in the Wilmington Diocese, and in February 2009 he was assigned to St. Edmond's. Jim was ordained in October 2009 by Bishop Malooly. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He and Cheryl coordinate the Baptismal Program and both are active in Teams of Our Lady, in many of St. Edmond's programs, ministries, and activities.