Jeff moved to FBC Mustang in May 2012, where he serves as the Executive Pastor. Jeff was born and raised just outside of Boston, MA, and then moved to Oklahoma to study at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City. He spent many years in the secular workforce before entering full-time ministry. Jeff served for 8 years at Southern Hills Baptist Church in OKC prior to moving to FBC Mustang. Jeff's education includes Mid-America Christian University (B.S. Pastoral Ministry); Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.); and he is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at The Master's University in CA. Jeff is a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
Family: He married Shawnna (Shipley) on 8/5/1995. They have three children - Aleigh married to Ashton; Collin married to Joslyn; Kinlee .
Life Verse(s): “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
"Thus says the LORD: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.'" Jeremiah 9:23-24
Favorite books of the Bible: Psalms - they are full of raw emotion and crying out to the Lord through all of life’s ups and downs; the Bible’s hymnal - I love to pray the Psalms!
John - I love this Gospel according to John as he reveals Jesus Christ as the God/Man and our Lord and Savior in all of His majesty and glory!
Romans - The Gospel clearly explained and magnified - I love how Paul methodically walks us through God’s Gospel!
Favorite Bible character: David - I love the entire historical record of his life from a shepherd boy to a king. I also love how the Word of God does not hide his failures and how he turns to the LORD time and time again!
Books you would recommend: The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges - The LORD used this book at a young age revealing my need for a Savior and for how one grows in Christlikeness!
Chosen by God, RC Sproul - This book completely destroyed all of my Arminian leanings - what a powerful book that is full of Scripture!
Charismatic Chaos, John MacArthur -This book was my introduction to Dr. MacArthur and his ministry - my life would never be the same after reading numerous books by him and listening to many sermons!
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Don Whitney - This book taught me about the spiritual disciplines with all of the Scripture to support why and how a Christian grows in Christlikeness!
The Screwtape Letters, by CS Lewis - I try to read this book often as it is simply incredible in thinking through the Enemy’s tactics in a follower of Christ’s life!
The Pilgrim’s Progress - A classic is all I can say - read it often and with your children!