In the summer of 2002, Jeff began a 15-month program called the Kanakuk Institute, an accelerated seminary program for youth and family ministries. It is in this year where life “plans” were thrown out, when Jeff met a gal who was recovering from a shoulder surgery (playing college volleyball at the University of Tulsa) and thus donned corn-rows on her head. From meeting Courtney in September things moved pretty quickly, as Jeff asked her to marry him in January of 2003. They were married August 16, of that year, and began full time ministry at Grace Community in Bartlesville, Oklahoma two weeks later.
Leaving "da ville" after eight years and starting over again in a new town, new church, new friends, new home, and new students was a big step but God will always be faithful. They have been on the NBC staff now for over 3 years and in that time have already seen several healthy changes like Reach-Out Sunday, Summer Camp and the move from Youth Pastor to Family Pastor. Courtney and Jeff are often leading trips to Haiti but are very excited to be taking their family for the first time this summer. Jeff lives for life-on-life discipleship with others and is extremely passionate about seeing families, youth and young adults transformed by the gospel.
Their family loves being together on bike rides, dance parties, summer water days, winter fire nights, and everything in between. You will probably never meet anyone that has more appreciation and knowledge of movies, Chuck Norris, and 24… But if you do, please introduce them to each other!! He is passionate about leading his family, honoring his wife, loving his children, and being the hands and feet of Christ each and everyday.
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