Jeff’s faith was grounded at an early age while being raised in an active Christian home, his dad is a deacon and his mother is an active Sunday school teacher and choir member. Jeff was saved at the age of seven and immediately followed in believer’s baptism. Since his salvation, Jeff has continually pursued the things of God with a primary emphasis upon knowing and applying the Bible to his daily life. Additionally, when the time allows, he is a self-professed “sports-a-holic.” However, his “playing days” are now typically replaced by the enjoyment of watching his three boys compete.
Outside of his personal faith, Jeff’s family comes first in his life. Jeff and Traci celebrated their 23rd anniversary in March 2019. They met as students at Baylor University and married while Traci was attending Baylor University and Jeff was in Seminary. Traci has worked as a 1st grade and Kindergarten teacher. Currently, in addition to the daily responsibilities of their home and the children, Traci serves as a facilitator and participant of various women’s ministries and Bible studies. Jeff and Traci have been blessed with 3 young men in their home. Marshall, a 12th grader, is an avid soccer player. George and Jonathan, 9th and 8th graders, enjoy multiple sports including football, basketball, and baseball.
At the age of fourteen, God called Jeff into vocational ministry. At age seventeen, he publicly accepted his call into ministry. This faith-based call led him to Baylor University to pursue a B. A. in Religious Studies. He followed this training with a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His 24 years of experience in various ministerial roles include: youth ministry, recreation ministry, associate pastor, teaching pastor, vocational evangelist, and senior pastor. Jeff’s ministerial passion lies in studying and teaching the word of God and allowing God to communicate His truths in an in-depth yet relevant manner.
In addition to the preaching and teaching of the Bible, Jeff has a desire for people to receive answers to their questions. For over 20 years Jeff has been answering questions regarding the Bible, Christianity, and faith at youth camps, on the radio, and live special events. Admittedly, his favorite time of the week is the weekly Question and Answer Bible study he hosts before a live audience entitled “AskJeff.” Finally, the Lord has allowed Jeff the privilege of writing 5 books when time has allowed. They are AskJeff: The Top 10 Questions, Stand: The Christian’s Response to a Compromised Culture, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Simple: Understanding Revelation, and God vs. god: Spiritual Warfare in Heavenly Places.