Hello… Thank you for visiting this website. My name is Jeff, a good number of folks call me “J.J.”
Just so you know why you are here…
I am the pastor-teacher and I have has the honor of preaching all over the United States and working with many different churches, ministries, and organizations all over the globe.
Not only has the Lord been working in my life and my family’s lives, we are on the verge of witnessing our community change… In the last few years we have seen literally hundreds upon hundreds of individual lives changed and we are excited for what the Lord is doing.
I have a ministry that is super focused on preaching and building disciples and leaders at every level. This focus moves through the individual, to the home, and then to the church. Think about it, our churches will be mirrors of the individuals and homes.
In addition, I have well over a decade of experience in the nonprofit organizations arena, working in leadership through community development type areas, as well as social entrepreneurial works. This work has taken place through working with nonprofits, parachurch ministries, governmental agencies, and even in the educational realms of the colleges and universities and K-12 schools.
Another passion of mine is the Addiction Recovery area. I get super stoked when I see people overcome the chains of addiction to be and become all that God has designed them to be. God don’t make junk, but sometimes folks get caught up in their own poor choices that end up being great chains of bondage to substances and other emotional or compulsive behaviors. But all that doesn’t mean God cannot transform their lives.
So, from preaching and teaching to facilitating strategic planning to grant writing to program development, I have used every opportunity the Lord has given me to influence and impact for His glory.
Also, just in case you were wondering, I am currently working toward a doctorate degree and I have an earned master’s degree with an emphasis in pastoral ministry from Temple Baptist Seminary, and a Master of the Arts in Organizational Leadership from Piedmont International University. I completed my undergrad degree at Tennessee Temple University with an emphasis in culture.
I have an awesome wife, Tracy, which the Lord allows us to serve together as a team in ministry. We have three of our children with us usually all the time, and a weenie dog and a cat at home. Our family shares the common goals to live on mission with God, grow spiritually, and to tell as many people as possible about Jesus Christ and the new life that can be experienced through knowing Him.
Now, here is you a dose of me:
I am a Pastor-Teacher. I am a Navigator. Which is something of a leader, guide, and philosopher all mixed together. The pastor-teacher’s role is to lead and navigate by guiding through the opportunities and discovering for themselves and practicing skills in authentic situations. I am a Navigator, that’s what I do.
Remember this: Preaching and Teaching into and around the desires and overall interests of others fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. Individuals can learn, groups can learn, and organizations can learn. However, preaching and teaching remains connected to a solid Biblical foundation of truth.
- The Bible is the foundational textbook and the Power is in the Gospel…
You can teach people anything, but what are you really giving them? Give them Jesus first, then show them from the Bible that the Holy Spirit can light ups all of their life. This includes their knowledge base, skill-set, and overall gifting. Hey, this stuff works in the life of the individual, in the home, on the job, at school, and anywhere. I am a pastor-teacher, a navigator, that’s what I do.
I believe that people are our future…
If you grow the people, you will grow your schools, businesses, organizations, and houses of worship. I believe each and every person has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I will help all people to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. I will assist all people in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. I have a vision of a world where people learn that there are absolute truths, as well as to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us all. This is core of what makes life so fascinating, we are all unique and have a purpose. God does not do accidents. I am a pastor-teacher, a navigator, that’s what I do.
Teach them well and let them lead the way in their own lives…
The whole world is a classroom and presents an overall unique community of learners that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. My role as a pastor-teacher is to give people the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge and understanding. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each person so that all learners can feel capable and successful. I will present preaching and teaching into a learning process that involves the interests of the individual and group, as well as makes learning relevant to life. This develops active learners and ties learning into the world community to help all people become caring and active members of society. I am a pastor-teacher, a navigator, that’s what I do.
Show them all the beauty they possess while giving them a sense of responsibility, accountability and pride in who God designed them to be…
My preaching and teaching is straightforward and blunt, while also caring, safe, and equitable where each person can blossom and grow. I will allow people to become responsible members of the learning community by using strategies, positive discipline, and foundational truth principles. In showing people how to become responsible for themselves, as well as their own learning, I am giving them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves, and to love themselves. I am a pastor-teacher, a navigator, that’s what I do.
Let the learner’s lead too…
Preaching and Teaching is a lifelong learning process of learning about new philosophies and new strategies, learning from the overall community, learning from colleagues, and especially learning from the people. The Bible does not change, but society and culture does. Yet, the learners in the overall process have taught me to open my mind and my heart to the joys, the excellence, and the diversity of ideas in the world. Because of this, I will never forget how to lead with the new, cherish the old, and laugh with the learners. I am a pastor-teacher, a navigator, that’s what I do.