In Memoriam: A Tribute to Jim Steere

Our dear friend and colleague, Jim Steere, died Tuesday, December 6, 2022, after battling liver disease. Jim served with IFBR from our earliest days, working closely with Paul Caminiti to invite churches and denominations to read Scripture together with Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience.

He transitioned to Tyndale House Publishers in 2017 and worked collaboratively with us to launch and promote Immerse. After he retired from Tyndale, he rejoined our team in a part-time volunteer role as Senior Associate.

Jim was passionate about helping churches read the Bible in community, and he helped us forge connections with Christian leaders to build awareness about Immerse. He also willingly shared his wealth of experience in fundraising and organizational leadership, which continues to benefit our organization in numerous ways.

Jim’s life modeled curiosity, an imaginative mind, and keen relational skills. These characteristics were on full display in his diverse vocational career which included professional photography (including serving the Chicago Symphony), retail gemology, marketing and development work for two Christian ministries, and then finishing his career with IFBR. He was known for his integrity, sense of humor, building trusting relationships, and diligence in his work which he understood as a part of the grander, sacred mission of the Creator he loved and followed.

Peace to his memory.