Jim was raised in a Christian family since the age of three years and was saved through his father’s leading at the age of eight years. Jim and his family attended Heritage Baptist Church in Palmyra, New York, under the leadership of Pastor Tim Young. The Lord called Jim as a missionary to the country of Australia when he was twelve years old through the preaching of a veteran missionary. Jim went on to attend and then graduated from Oklahoma Baptist College in Oklahoma City--this is where he met his wife Becky.
Becky was raised in a preacher’s home since birth. Her father, Pastor Ron Fenwick, was the Pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland, for thirty three years before the Lord took him home in September, 2008. Becky and Jim met at college and were married in June 1999. After spending about two years on deputation, they arrived in Australia with their newborn son in August 2004.
The Heberles spent the first 3 years in Australia helping two different young churches grow both numerically and spiritually through letter-boxing, soul-winning, and discipleship classes. Jim also had the opportunity of pastoring both of these works for about eight months in total when the senior missionaries returned to the States on furlough. For the last ten years, the Heberles, along with their children James and Lydia, have had the opportunity of starting and ministering with the Australia Outback Mission (AOM). Their aim is to evangelize, baptize, and teach those who come to Christ through the establishment of churches in the remote regions of their country, and more specifically in the state of Queensland, Australia.
During our 2016 Australian Missions trip, the team first met the Heberles while ministering to missionaries Joe and Melissa Marshall at New Beginnings Baptist Church while in Brisbane, Queensland. It was at that time that we discussed plans to incorporate the Heberle's ministry in our 2017 Team Outreach Australia ministry and itinerary. We had wonderful fellowship as we were able to spend 4 days assisting the Heberle's as well as several other independent Baptist churches in Queensland as we attempted to canvas 22 Aboriginal Outback communities with Gospel literature and conduct a Holiday Kid's Club and two Evangelistic services simultaneously in multiple locations. During 2018, we look forward again to working with the Heberle's as we together desire to reach many Outback communities with the Gospel of Christ.