Jim Johns is a native of Mattoon. He is married to Cheryl and has three kids: Tiffany, Amber, and Tyler, and three grandchildren, Madison, Dalis Jo, and Myles.
After graduating high school, Jim started working at Furste Auto Supply in Mattoon and later worked with Mattoon Automotive Warehouse. Later, he was a partial owner of Coles County Auto Supplies. Jim currently has his own contracting business that he started called JJ Contracting. Jim is also a licensed roofer.
Jim works at Mattoon First United Methodist Church as the building manager.