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 an adjunct instructor at Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois for seven years and has given lectures at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of “Living Together: A Guide to Counseling Unmarried Couples” (Kregel), a groundbreaking book focused on how the church should address the modern phenomenon of cohabiting couples.
Pastor Jeff’s Bible teaching and preaching was heard for many years on local radio and television in Illinois on a program called “Let the Bible Speak.” He has traveled and ministered in many states and over twenty-five countries. He has a special love for missions and Africa.
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, giving leadership to our church and staff and serving as the main preaching pastor.