Not long after the birth of his first daughter, Jeff knew that he needed to decide how he was going to raise her, as well as how to lead his family. He grew up attending church, however he never fully accepted all that he was taught. His somewhat logical mind would not accept what was being taught to him on a weekly basis in Sunday School and in church. He loved mathematics, science, logic and deductive reasoning; and because of that, he had trouble accepting the tenets of the Bible.
He would often times ask himself, “If such events took place in the Bible, then where was the evidence? If an event had taken place (Noah’s flood, Joshua’s long day, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the resurrection of Jesus Christ) then where was the evidence? There had to be something left behind to prove that the event took place.”
He was like doubting Thomas that said, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25)
As he began his search, he found evidence that went beyond mere chance or coincidence. From that several-year-long study, he put together the website, www.godsproof.com, to use as a witnessing tool for others.
These “many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3) brought him to the conclusion that the Bible was not mythological as he had once presumed, but an accurate document that stood up to any and all forms of scrutiny.
However, the evidence didn’t bring him to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It was the conviction of his sins by the Holy Spirit that made him realize that he could not save himself. It was only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that he could be redeemed. The evidence did however remove the stumbling blocks that kept him from drawing near to the Lord.
Since that time, Jeff has been an active member of leadership in three different churches and has hosted several small groups in his home, as well as having taught the Bible and the evidences that bear witness to it for almost twenty years. He has also preached from the pulpit on numerous occasions and has written six books and several articles and Bible studies.
Like the time Moses was in the desert, being humbled, before he led the Israelites out of Egypt, the Lord has used this time in “the wilderness” to humble and prepare Jeff for this next venture as a pastor. He’s looking forward to serving the great people of Columbus and the surrounding Bartholomew county.