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Jimi Calhoun

Lead Pastor

Jimi is a former world class bassist who performed with several popular acts in the 1970s such as, Creation, Dr. John, Rare Earth, Parliament-Funkedelic, Brian Auger, Clifford Coulter, Mel Brown, and Buddy Miles and many others.  

Jimi’s spiritual odyssey began with baptism in an American Baptist Church. Following the music years he took ordination with a Pentecostal denomination named The Foursquare Church. For several years he attended a Presbyterian Church followed by reception into the Anglican Church. Jimi’s unique ministry skillset results from an admixture of historical Christianity and today’s spiritual sensibilities.


A gifted storyteller and popular speaker he has made numerous television appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC and others, in addition to hosting his own weekly radio program.


He is co-chair of Community Dreams, an Austin-based nonprofit serving urban youth, and a member of the Austin Interfaith Inclusion Network, which serves people living with disabilities. He is on the boards of the Interfaith Arts Council, Humanitarians in the Arts, The Pecan Street Association, and the Exnihilo Art Center in Deadman's Cay, the Bahamas. 

His latest book is Funknology: A Synthesis of Art, Science, and Being

"Beginning with James Brown, the 'Godfather of Soul; Jimi Calhoun challenges us to consider what we're doing in the life of God the Father of us all. While we spend much time and energy worrying about what God is doing in our lives, upturning the table would help us learn to pursue deep relationships with people different than us. Turns out that 'being love' is funknology at its zenith:'  -RALPH MOORE

Previous works include:

  • The Sounds of Love and Grace: Ten Sounds that Will Save the World

  • A Story of Rhythm and Grace: What the Church Can Learn from Rock and Roll about Healing the Racial Divide

  • The Art of God: Reflections on Music, Diversity, and the Beauty in You.


For more information on where he will be speaking next, visit 

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