Jeff has been the pastor at First Baptist Lemon Grove for almost 32 years. The first five years he served as the Youth Pastor before becoming the Senior Pastor. A graduate from UCLA with the initial desire of being involved in the legal or legislative profession, Jeff sensed a call to full time ministry during his senior year of college. After three years at Talbot Theological Seminary and simultaneously working in collegiate ministries at a number of universities, Jeff spent a year of mission service in Mexico City and Honduras. It was there he met his wife from South Carolina and got married in September of 1983. Seven weeks later he and Crystal started serving in Lemon Grove and have been there ever since.
Jeff has 3 children, ranging in the ages of 19 to 28. He loves to read, travel and serve the Lord and others wherever he can. Since Vision San Diego came to our Association, Jeff feels a deep calling to encourage his church to reach out to Lemon Grove whenever and wherever possible.