The Rev. Jim McMichen, the pastor to senior adults at First Baptist Church of Plant City, died Monday following an 18-month struggle with colon cancer. He died two days after his 51st birthday.
McMichen had been on the staff at First Baptist for about 10 years. He previously served as youth minister at Plant City's Northside Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church, 503 N. Palmer St. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, also at First Baptist.
McMichen, a Plant City native and 1976 graduate of Plant City High, is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Kathy, and their daughters Jessica and Monica.
The son of a minister, the Rev. Earl McMichen, he received a bachelor of arts from Florida Baptist Theological College in Graceville. But ministry wasn't his first calling. He worked for Kash n' Karry in management training, and then Tampa Electric Co., where he eventually became a commercial account manager.
He felt the inspiration to enter the ministry in 1989.
In an interview last year, McMichen said he felt bolstered by the prayers offered by the congregation as he battled cancer. On the First Baptist Web site this morning, the church wrote, "Jimmy was our brother and our friend and we will greatly miss his smile, his laughter and his love for people.
"We thank God for the hope we have in Christ that we will see him again one day!"