Dr. James (Jim) Hutchens
The Jerusalem Connection International
CUFI (resigned Regional Director)
Chaplain and retired Brigadier General Dr. James Hutchens has a stunning history that very few people know about. In the mid 1970's Hutchens, his wife and children deceptively converted to Judaism through the Chicago Rabbinate with the intentions of making aliyah and establishing a congregation to teach Jews that it is possible to believe in Jesus and to remain Jewish. The plot was discovered and their case was taken to the Israeli Supreme Court. Hutchens and his family were kicked out of Israel and their conversions were revoked.
Hutchens and his wife wrote a book about this episode in their lives entitled "GUILTY!”
The book is damning, but it enjoys a full endorsement from non-other than Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ).
Also Page 238 of Yaacov Ariel's book “Evangelizing the Chosen People” mentions Hutchen’s deception and conversion.
Hutchens is President of the Jerusalem Connection International. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Missionary (Multi/Cross-Cultural Studies). His dissertation was entitled, "A Case for Messianic Judaism." Jim sits on the board of the Cyrus Fund which is a project of the Jerusalem Connection. Although the Cyrus Fund websites don't admit it, missionaries affiliated with the Cyrus Fund are teaching the Gospel to Bnai Anusim via messianic churches - and getting those "converts" ready for aliyah. Also six out of the seven board members of the Cyrus Foundation are either active evangelical missionaries or messianic Jews. And yes, Hutchen's served as regional director For Pastor John Hagee's CUFI, but left over a theological difference of opinion with Hagee.