James Tonkowich, D.Min.

Director of Distance Learning

B.A. (Philosophy), Bates College; M.Div. and D.Min. (Christian Spirituality), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary



After working for WCC for several years from his home near Washington, DC, Jim and his wife Dottie moved to Lander in the summer of 2016. Jim’s work history includes business, youth ministry, pastoring a Presbyterian congregation, managing the daily radio commentary BreakPoint with Chuck Colson, leading the Institute on Religion & Democracy, a Washington think tank, and developing a variety of distance learning projects. In addition to his duties at the college, Jim continues to study and comment on the intersection of religion and public life. He writes a regular column for The Stream and is the author of The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today from St. Benedict Press. When not working, Jim enjoys golf, fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, guitar, cooking, and life in Lander down the street from his four grandchildren.