Jim Dickey was born and raised in Ohio where he graduated from Withrow Junior High School in Cincinnati in 1949; Bellefontaine High School in 1953; Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957; Boston University in 1960; and the Ecumenical Institute near Geneva, Switzerland in 1968
He led Bellefontaine High School Marching Band as its first male Drum Major and served as Class President during his senior year there. At Ohio Wesleyan University, Jim was active in the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, served as Business Manager of the Le Bijou Annual and was honored by being received into the Journalism Honorary Society of Pi Delta Epsilon.
Jim and his wife of 58 years, Sally, raised four children while serving churches in Columbus, Wilmington and Springfield before retiring to Indian Lake, Ohio. He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, with 40 years of perfect attendance! Jim is the author of three books and now calls Estero his full time home.