As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Jim served as a Board Member and President of the Washington County UT Alumni Association, and he served a three-year term as a member of the UT National Alumni Association Board of Governors.
In addition to his very busy law practice, Jim has given of his time to be involved in many community organizations, serving both as a volunteer and in various leadership roles. He is a past member of the Washington County Land Use Coordinating Committee, the local Ref Cross Advisory Board, the Johnson City Senior Center Advisory Board, the Johnson City Medical Center Hospice Advisory Board, and as a member and past Chair of the Crumley House Brain Injury Treatment Center Foundation Board. He has been active in the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Chamber Leadership 2015 program. He is also a graduate of the Johnson City Citizens Police Academy. In 2000, he was named as a "40 Under Forty" Emerging Star of the Business Community by the Business Journal of East Tennessee/Virginia.
The Wheelers are members of the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, where Jim has served as the Lay Leader of the congregation and has been a member of Munsey's Church Council and Administrative Board for many years. He was previously Chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the Chair of the Invite Ministry Team, the Chair of the Send Ministry Team, and served a three -year term as Chair of the Global Missions Committee. In 1996, Jim Served on a mission team to the former Soviet Republic of Estonia in conjunction with the construction of the Baltic Mission Center and Seminary. In 1998, he returned to Estonia as co-leader of a construction team working on the Center. Jim currently chairs the Youth Ministry Advisory Team and teaches the eighth-grade Confirmation Course for membership in the church.