About Jeff

Senior Pastor Dr. Jeffery J. VanGoethem is a native of Norway, Michigan (a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula). He is a graduate of Central Michigan University.  He also attended Marquette University Law School but noticing his deepening desire to learn and study God’s Word, he changed directions and enrolled at Dallas Seminary, receiving his Th.M. in 1982 with a major concentration in New Testament Literature and Exegesis.

He began his pastoral ministry in 1982 serving two rural, small town churches in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Jeff is the lead preaching pastor. He has been serving the Lord in pastoral ministry for the last 35 years. He has a Th.M. and D.Min from Dallas Seminary. He is married to Karen and have four daughters and two grandchildren.

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.

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