Jeff grew up in Indiana and Iowa. During his sophomore year at the University of Iowa, a college friend invited him to a Christian concert. It was there that Jeff began his journey with Jesus. As a new believer, he was discipled through The Navigators collegiate ministry, and after graduating he served in that ministry for several years, growing in his faith and beginning to sense God’s call into full-time ministry. In 1995 Jeff moved to South Carolina and pursued a Master of Divinity at Columbia Biblical Seminary where God also brought Bonnie into his life.
Jeff and Bonnie were married in 2001 and have three children: Eliana, Mikayla, and Josiah.