Pastor Jeff's Biography and Testimony
I was born in Loveland, Colorado to a regular middle class family. We attended church until I was about 7 or 8. That experience left me with just enough knowledge about Jesus to think that I was ok, but not enough to bring me into a life transforming relationship with the Creator. It was really a dangerous place to be.. As the years went by I slipped further and further into immorality, alcohol, and selfish pursuits. My goal was to be in a position where I could do what I wanted to do, and be where nobody else was. To that end, I would pursue a degree in ranch management at Colorado State University, where immorality abounded. My dependence upon myself, my strength, my intelligence was nurtured and fostered. I graduated from CSU with a B.S. in Animal Science and immediately found a position on a large ranch in Northern Wyoming. I managed the ranch, and I thought that I was living the dream until the Lord began working in my life realizing the miserable state that my life was really in. I began to feel the need for personal relationships and the need for people….but not yet for the LORD. I moved to Oklahoma and attended Ferrier’s school to learn the trade of horseshoeing (which I have done on and off for the last 9 years)- certainly the Lord would use this profession to give me flexibility with the ministry- as I see now. But more than that, it was yet another step toward surrender to Christ The Lord had, through many circumstances, placed me into many positions demonstrating over and over that my desire for position, identity, and satisfaction only led to more frustration and disappointment. I met my wife Sarah, and the Lord took us through some more difficult circumstances, until one day I picked up a Bible for the first time since I was a child. I feared judgment for my sins, full of condemnation, really desperate for anything. However, alcohol and other habitual practices no longer would numb my conscience… I read the gospel of Matthew through without stopping. Having read those words- the Lord spoke to me so powerfully, I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I was filled with the Holy Spirit having a hunger for God’s word that would not be quenched. My conversion was dramatic; the Lord took away several addicting behaviors that day, and replaced them with a desire for righteousness!! From that day until this the Lord has put a desire in my heart to teach God’s word, and to share the wonderful, powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ in personal and street evangelism. I am truly an example of the foolish things that Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 1:27 - 29, "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence." Over a period of time, the Lord moved my family out of Colorado to Washington State, where we began fellowship at Calvary Chapel South in Kent, Washington under Pastor Kevin Day. We stayed there for just about 3 ½ years being discipled by Pastor Kevin and involved in the Men in Turn for ministry program, teaching Bible studies, discipleship classes, and leading a home fellowship. In September 2006 after a year of prayer and preparation we followed through on the Lord’s call to Anchorage, AK. The Lord had prepared the way for His fellowship Calvary Chapel South Anchorage to begin in Dec 31, 2006. From a set up crew, children’s ministry, worship team, comprised of myself, my wife, Sarah and my 2 small children, the Lord has abundantly blessed, and certainly left no room for His glory to be taken! I am amazed daily with the power of God and His undeserved Grace. I am unworthy; and unqualified in life. The blessing, the struggle, the breaking, the molding and shaping… Wow! All praise, honor and glory to you King Jesus! I love You!!