After coming to Christ at the age of 28, Jeff was personally discipled and theologically trained at Berean Baptist Church of Livonia. That training prepared him for many years of hands-on ministry experience as an elder and teacher at Berean. Some ministries that he particularly loved overseeing were training teachers, leading international mission trips, and organizing the Michigan Bi-Annual Men’s Conference – Fellowship in the Gospel. It was also at Berean that he met his best friend, closest-confidante and love of his life, Courtney, whom God gave to him in marriage in 1998. Together they have three cherished children – Gabrielle, Aundrea and Josiah, whom he loves to spend time with and disciple.
Early in 2013, Berean sent Jeff on a mission – along with Tom Nestor from Lakes Baptist Church – to revitalize ULBC. By May, the church had called Jeff to serve as its interim pastor and finally called him as the permanent senior pastor on February 23, 2014. Jeff is passionate about preaching and teaching the Bible in a way that showcases God as a Redeemer of sinners, is committed to discipleship of all shapes and sizes, and desires to lead the local church in greater involvement in community outreach and world-wide missions.
Jeff’s secular training includes a Bachelor of Arts in English (with Secondary Teaching Certification) from Wayne State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Detroit School of Law.