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Jim Thomforde

Interim Christian Union Ministry Director at Cornell

Jim Thomforde is the Ministry Director for Christian Union Vita at Cornell University.  Jim earned his B.A. in economics from Trinity College (CT), where he also played varsity baseball.  After college, he was drafted by the New York Yankees as a starting pitcher and played for four years in minor leagues. He then worked on Wall Street for ten years in institutional equity research sales, completing two M.A. degrees along the way at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, one in Theology and the other in Church History. 

He joined Christian Union as the Ministry Director at Cornell in 2012 after completing the first year of his Systematic Theology Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, which he completed in 2018. Jim also returned to work in the investment industry in 2018. His wife Liz is the Christian Union Vita Women's Ministry Fellow. Jim and Liz have two children, JT and Ella, and a Golden Retriever named Beau.



Liz Thomforde

Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Cornell

Liz19Liz earned her BA in Geology from The College of Wooster, where she was an All-American diver, and she earned a Masters degree in Secondary Science Education from The University of Virginia.  She worked as a middle school science teacher for six years before taking time off to be at home with her children.  

Liz is married to Jim. They have two children, JT and Ella.  In her free time, Liz enjoys the outdoors, hiking, cooking, dance, music, reading, and watching JT and Ella play golf and lacrosse.  Liz has always been active with the ministry at Cornell, and in 2016 she joined the Christian Union staff.