Pastor Jeff was born in Cambridge, Minnesota. During his early years of life, Jeff’s family moved many times including stops in Wisconsin, Indiana, New York City, Miami and South Dakota. These moves were God’s preparation for later in life. During one of the stops, Jeff attended a Christian School where he gave his life to Jesus.
Upon graduation from high school, Jeff attended Anoka Technical College where he obtained a degree in Construction and Design. During those college years, Jeff dated and then married the love of his life, Diane. Jeff and Diane grew up as your typical suburban family with 3 children, good schools, wonderful church and a good job. As Jeff would say, “Our life was good”.
In 2004, God called Jeff and Diane out of the American dream to serve Him full-time as missionaries in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. God took them through both extremely difficult things and also the spectacular. During their last years in Rio, God gave Jeff and Diane an increased passion for the people of their own country which led to God calling them back to serve in the USA in 2015.
Jeff was ordained by his home church, Johnston Evangelical Free in Des Moines, IA in 2011. Jeff joined the Annandale staff in April of 2016. Jeff believes it’s all about our relationships, starting with Jesus.