Jim Wallace Th. M.


Pastor Jim Wallace and his wife Jeanie came to Reno in 1987 from Dallas, Texas, where Jim had just received his Master of Theology degree, a four-year post-graduate degree, in Pastoral Ministries. Dallas Theological Seminary is a non-denominational seminary that emphasizes Bible teaching and studying in the original languages of the Bible.  Jim found himself interested in the Seminary as a result of having attended the Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton while it was pastored by Chuck Swindoll.


Jim is a native Southern Californian whose primary interests are the outdoors, fishing, physical fitness and his family. He was formerly a writer for the Whittier, California, Daily News and editor for Back to the Bible in Nebraska, where he met Jeanie.

Jeanie is a native Nebraskan, a Big Red fan, and also a graduate of Dallas Seminary where she received a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies in 1978 (before she met Jim).  Jeanie loves sewing, quilting and crafts.  She is a retired first grade teacher.  She uses those teaching abilities as the head of our Children’s Church and Nursery departments, and actually teaches Sunday School classes herself at least every other Sunday.

Pastor Jim is a cancer survivor as a result of many prayers from all over the nation, having had both an extremely rare form of lymphoma and a relatively rare form of Leukemia.  And though his leukemia still persists, it is not considered life-threatening, and he still preaches most every Sunday in the church.

Jeanie and Jim have three wonderful adult daughters, Abby, Annie and Amanda, who are all members of Risen King.  The Wallace family lives in Spanish Springs, the northern part of Sparks.


Read more about Pastor Jim here.


Jim Wallace

Pastor Jim also serves as an elder at Risen King.

Dave Giannotti

Elder Dave Giannotti was born in San Francisco and has lived in the Reno / Sparks area since 1956.  He’s been married to his wife Jeanie for 40 years.  Dave became a Christian in 1977 and has led various Bible studies as well as being involved in prison ministry for 30 years.  He has served as an elder at RKCC since 2009.  He has two daughters, five grandchildren, and three great grandsons.  In addition to studying the Bible, Dave’s hobby is classic cars, hot rods, and motorcycles that include his modified 1957 Ranchero, Jeanie’s 1968 Mustang GTCS, and a Honda Valkyrie.


Donna Doss

I’m Donna Doss and I am in charge of coordinating a team for projector setup, running of the power points for worship music and Pastor Jim’s message and tear down and packing up of the equipment every Sunday. I also interpret sign language during services and at Bible studies on request.


Karen Moore

Karen Moore has been our worship leader at Risen King for many years, and a member since the church began.


Jeanie Wallace

Jeannie Wallace is our pastor’s wife and a retired elementary school teacher. She heads our ministry to children, for ages 2 through 10 years, with Children’s Church, which takes place during our Sunday morning service.


Steve Yoas

Steve Yoas offers transportation to all church functions via our church van. Steve attempts to help others whenever he’s able, and tries to live every day in a way that pleases God and keeps Him at the forefront.