Born 1940, East Grand Rapids, MI. USA


Sculpture for Jim is a second endeavor following a successful career as an entrepreneur and manager.  After studying Architecture for two years Jim changed his major and graduated from the University of Michigan with an engineering degree. While working in the medical field Jim received over 100 patents in the areas of open heart surgery and cell separation equipment. In 1979 Jim began a medical device company, DLP inc., which he sold to Medtronic inc. in 1994. The company by that time had operations in three European countries and sold products to open heart centers world wide. Jim married Judith Dykema in 1961 and they have three children and nine grandchildren.


Sculpture became a passion for Jim starting in 1998 when he was introduced to sculpture while visiting a dude ranch in Montana. Early sculptures were primarily of animals but he soon made the transition to primarily figurative work. His sculptures range from portraiture to the abstract.


Since retiring in 2002 he has worked on several commissions for colleges. His sculptures are created to depict spiritual concepts by capturing the viewer's attention. Because he has a high view of the Bible, he prayerfully begins each new commission by doing an extensive study of the scriptures. His dream is to be able to someday complete a series of sculptures that portray all of the major themes in scripture.



BSME Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1967

D. Litt, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, 2005 [Honorary]

Sculpture Studies: Over 1600 hours of instruction with nationally recognized sculptors at the following schools.

                            Scottsdale Art School, Scottsdale, Arizona

                            Loveland Academy, Loveland, Colorado

                            Lyme Academy, Old Lyme, Connecticut



Member, Phi Tau Sigma Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity

Associate Member, Nation Sculpture Society

Trustee, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio



Beyond Success, Devotionals for those ministering in the marketplace, 2000, The Metrics Group, Grand Rapids, MI

The Shepherd Leader, Forty Eight Devotions on Leadership from Psalm 23, 2003, The Metrics Group, Grand Rapids, MI

The Virtuous Leader, Forty Eight Devotions on Leadership from 2 Peter and Colossians, 2004, The Metrics Group, Grand Rapids, MI



Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 1992, High Technology for the State of Michigan, Ernst and Young, Inc Magazine, Merrill Lynch

Small Business Person of the Year, 1993, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Medical Hall of Fame, 2000, Van Andel Institute and Grand Rapids Magazine
University of Michigan: Alumni Merit Award from the school of Mechanical Engineering 2012



Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri

Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio

Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina

Lake Ann Camp, Lake Ann, Michigan

Sava Barat, Hyderabad, India

Kettering Health Network

  Kettering Medical Center

  Soin Medical Center