Rest in Peace: Jim Palosaari, 1939-2011

We awoke this morning to the sad news that our old friend and elder of the Jesus Movement, Jim Palosaari, passed away early today, May 26, 2011, at the age of 72.

Jim, with Sue Cowper and Linda Meissner, was central to the early formation of the Jesus People Army in Seattle. God also used Jim and Sue mightily in setting up an outpost of the Jesus People in Milwaukee.

As the Movement grew, and even later as it waned, Jim was busy starting coffeehouses, communes, schools and other groups and events too numerous to count. He left his distinctive stamp on each of the many ministries in which he served.

Jim toured Sweden, Finland and the UK, preaching, helping to start music festivals, encouraging, and of course making friends, which he did everywhere he went for his whole life. Jim's leadership in the Christian music scene included giving birth to record labels and festivals as well as launching and promoting bands. A more detailed biography can be found on Wikipedia.

We give thanks to the Lord for the life of a friend we shall never forget. Jim, we are all going to miss you so much, until we meet in the real life to come.

Godspeed, dear friend.

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