Dr. Jeffery VanGoethem
Dr. Jeffery J. VanGoethem is a native of Norway, Michigan (a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula). He is a 1974 graduate of Norway High School. He received his B.S. degree in 1977 from Central Michigan University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in Political Science and Economics.
During his freshman year in college, following a period of spiritual interest he was led to a saving knowledge of Christ through the witness of a childhood friend. He was converted while reading the book of John at home, alone, late at night. He soon became active in a local church and, while on campus, various campus ministries.
Following graduation from college, Jeff attended Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Noticing his deepening desire to learn and study God's Word, he decided to forsake a legal career and open his life to the work of the gospel.
He enrolled at Dallas Seminary in August of 1978 and completed his studies in 1982, graduating with the Th.M. degree. His major concentration of study was New Testament Literature and Exegesis.
During his last semester of study at Dallas Seminary, Jeff was contacted by the Felch Mountain Bible Chapel of Felch, Michigan concerning their pastoral vacancy, a rural church located about 45 minutes from his home town. Jeff preached his first sermon there in July of 1982.
Later Jeff became Pastor of the Community Bible Chapel just outside of his hometown of Norway, Michigan, while remaining with the Felch congregation. He spent over eight years with these churches.
In 1990, Jeff was called to become the fifth Senior Pastor of the 100 year-old East White Oak Bible Church just outside of Normal/Bloomington, Illinois and served there for almost twenty years. Under his ministry the church grew from a rural ministry of 250 to a larger regional ministry of over 1000. While at East White Oak Jeff completed his Doctor of Ministry degree, also from Dallas Seminary, receiving the John G. Mitchell award for outstanding scholarship and excellence in ministry.
Jeff was also an adjunct instructor at Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois for seven years. He is the author of “Living Together: A Guide to Counseling Unmarried Couples” (Kregel, 2005), a groundbreaking book focused on how the church should address the modern phenomenon of cohabiting couples.
Through his years of ministry Jeff has been a friend to many Christian organizations and has been sought out as a speaker and teacher in churches, camps, schools, and other settings. He has traveled and ministered in over twenty countries, including India and several countries in Africa, and an equal number of states. He served for over ten years on the board of RHMA, a church planting organization and was the founding school board president of Cornerstone Christian Academy in Bloomington, Illinois.
Pastor Jeff’s Bible teaching and preaching was heard for many years on local radio and television in Central Illinois on a program called “Let the Bible Speak.” Jeff married his High School sweetheart, Karen Gladstone in 1978 and the couple has four daughters.
Pastor Jeff was welcomed to Scofield Church in 2009.
Associate Pastor of Christian Education & Care
Jim graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Public Administration. His undergraduate degree is from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Jim and his wife Jan came to Scofield after Jim retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in May 2004, after over 24 years of service. They traveled around the world as military children and the United States while working for the Bureau. They were high school sweethearts and have been married 35 years. Jan works at the Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center as the Administrative Assistant. The Cassidy’s have been blessed with 4 children.
Pastor of Worship
Passionate about the church, proclaiming God's greatness in music, and teaching the Bible Daniel experienced God's calling on his life a as teenager. He was burdened to serve God's people in music; leading in worship that is centered on Christ and in God's Word. Pursuing that vision Daniel studied music at Midwestern State University, has post-graduate studies in voice from the University of North Texas, and later graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. As a member of the pastoral staff since 2003 he spends his time preparing and leading Sunday worship, choir, vocal teams, band, audio / visual technology, counseling, teaching Sunday school, and occasionally preaching. A native Texan hailing from Wichita Falls he met his wife Amy while singing with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company here in Dallas. Amy is a jr. high choir director, a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, and the University of North Texas. They have twin daughters Mary Kay and Hope.
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Director of Women’s Ministries
Marilyn joined the Scofield team in 2003. She has a heart for women, wanting to see each woman equipped to use her own spiritual gifts to honor God with her life. She spent 20 years in local women’s Bible studies and now sits on the board of Bible Discussion Group. Her ministries have focused on teaching, leadership building and Bible study.
Marilyn and her husband Paul are both native Dallasites and met while attending college. Marilyn obtained her BFA from Southern Methodist University in Special Education and taught young deaf students for five years before starting her family. Paul and Marilyn have two grown daughters, Courtney Wemyss and Whitney Harris.
Gayla was born in Gilmer, TX and grew up in Tyler, TX. She graduated from Tyler Jr. College in 1972 and then went to the University of Texas at Austin where she met her husband, Jim. They were married in July of 1974, and moved to Dallas so that Jim could work for the family business. Jim and Gayla have just celebrated 33 years of marriage. They have been blessed with three children and three grandchildren. Jim and Gayla became members of Scofield Church in 1981, where Gayla began volunteering in the office in 1991. In 1993, she joined the Scofield staff full time as the financial assistant and became the office manager in 1998.
Wedding Administrator & Coordinator
Marci married Glenn in June of 1995 at Scofield Church and walked down the same aisle in our beautiful Worship Center as she now leads other brides to walk down during her wedding rehearsals that she conducts. Marci became a Wedding Coordinator in 2003 and has recently become the Wedding Administrator as well. Using her degree/skills in Business Management as well as her love for detail and organization, she says that next to being a full time wife and mother of two precious boys, Luke & Caleb, this is one of her favorite things to do. Marci also enjoys spending time with her friends, working on in-depth Bible studies, camping, garage sales and singing.
My name is Ivan Rios. I professed Christ as my personal and only Savior at 15. I grew up in a single mother household and in poverty. I am the Student Ministry Intern here at Scofield Church. Scofield has been my church home for over ten years now, I was disciple in our youth ministry and began helping our youth pastor with the ministry some time ago. I am twenty years old, studying Business Administration in a local college. I aspire to attend Dallas Seminary later on and become a youth pastor wherever the Lord takes me.
Facilities Care Coordinator
Saul was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and was raised in Brownsville, Texas. Saul has been married to his wife Patricia for 21 years. Saul and Patricia have three children and one granddaughter. Before joining the staff of Scofield Church, Saul was employed as an eletrician for more then 15 years. Saul joined the Scofield staff in 2008.