Jeff was raised in Michigan. He has a BS in Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature from Indiana Wesleyan University. His MA in Christian Counseling was earned at George Fox Seminary. Jeff served 34 years as a pastor in The Wesleyan Church; the final 18 years in Sioux Falls at Linwood Wesleyan Church. Jeff and his wife (Lois) of 41 years have three married children and 15 grandchildren. Jeff and Lois are actively involved as parishioners at The Cathedral of St Joseph.