Jim Zylstra was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his role as country consultant for World Renew in Tanzania, Jim is responsible for the Tanzania country program, including networking and looking for new program opportunities. World Renew is currently working with 5 Tanzanian faith based partner organizations.
Jim’s strong expertise is in the area of mentoring partner organizations in community development. Jim has used his expertise in administration to lead World renew country programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. He has also worked in disaster response in Rwanda and Burundi.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Calvin College.
Jim started as a World Renew volunteer in 1977, worked in Haiti 1979-1984, and Rwanda in 1995. His current "era" of work with World Renew began in January 1999 in Uganda.
He is married to Josephine Iyongat. They have two sons Josh and Jordan Zylstra.