An ordained United Church of Christ Minister with partner status in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jeff came to Webster Groves Christian Church in March of 2008. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership from Aurora University, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eden Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. His Doctor of Ministry work focused on the question of “Christian Connectedness,” and explored this from biblical and liberation standpoints. Jeff’s PhD dissertation focused on Theological Education in the Lesotho Evangelical Church, and presents a descriptive study following a three year program of ethnographic and theological research in Lesotho, southern Africa.
Jeff has served churches in Mascoutah, Illinois, Darmstadt and Biddleborn, Illinois, and Pana and Dollville, Illinois. He has served as Director of Outdoor Ministries in the Rocky Mountain Conference, UCC, and from 2003-2007 served, along with his spouse, Susan, as a Common Global Ministries Missionary in Lesotho. While in Lesotho Jeff taught at Morija Theological Seminary and the National University of Lesotho; served as the HIV and AIDS Coordinator for the Lesotho Evangelical Church; and served as Interim Pastor for Maseru United Church – an international, nondenominational congregation. Upon his return to the United States, Jeff lived and taught on campus at Eden Theological Seminary, where he was Missionary in Residence during the 2007-2008 academic year. Jeff has continued to teach as an adjunct to the Eden faculty.
Jeff and Susan have three children – Abigail, Daniel, and Khotso.