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True Grace Ministries and Theological Institute
Tacoma Washington , 98328
253-304-0865

About Jeff
  • Education: ThD, CEdD, MABS, MCC, BA. Academic institutions attended: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Luther Rice Seminary; Grace Seminary; Trinity Theological Seminary; Tyndale Seminary; Reformation International Seminary; Birmingham Theological Seminary; Northwest University; Wicket Gate Bible College; and a few others as well.
  • Experience: Founder & President of True Grace Ministries and Theological Institute; Private Practice Christian and Pastoral Counseling; Co-Founder, Professor, Curriculum Designer, Student Counselor at Riverview Bible College; Associate Pastor at The Freeway Church; Counseling Staff and Assistant to Youth/Young Adult Pastor at Church By The Side Of The Road; and Deacon at Wabash Presbyterian Church. I am also an author and have had several articles and sermons published that can be found on Patheos/Evangelical Channel (Chorus in the Chaos blog), Pulpit and Pen (which I no longer promote), Preachology.com, and open forums such as faithwriters.com and booksie.com.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: We are all in this together my friends. I hope these articles and sermons can be of benefit to you. May God direct and bless us all in what we do.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: There are many. I have enjoyed, learned and grown from sermons and books from the likes of: John Calvin, Tullian Tchividjian, Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Hank Hanegraaff, Chuck Swindoll, Jeff Durbin, and many others.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Regeneration and faith act sort of like electricity and a light bulb. When you flip on a light switch it appears the electricity causing the bulb to activate and the light all happened at the same time. In actuality, electricity came first but the light came on right when the switch was hit. It's the same in salvation. Regeneration is the electricity and faith is the light bulb. Regeneration must come first before one can exercise saving faith, however, it appears to occur simultaneously.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I don't like speaking in front of family. Lol. Both are proud and enjoy them though. I performed my older sister's wedding in front of many friends and even more direct and extended family. It was one of my best presentations...to God be the glory.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I guess she didn't like them. She divorced me years ago. :-)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "Being a pastor is the most rewarding job there is, however, it is also by far the most difficult as well. Do all that you can to NOT be a pastor. If you cannot find fulfillment and everything keeps directing you back to ministry, then you can be assured your calling is real."
  • Books that have had an impact: The Bible (of course, prefer ESV); Calvin's "Institutes;" Spurgeon's works; Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century; The Apocolypse Code; Counterfeit Revival; Letter's From a Skeptic; Mark Driscoll's "Doctrine;" "Flying Close To The Flame;" Grudem's "Systematic Theology;" "Amillennialism" by Riddlebarger; and many, many others.
  • Hobbies: Reading and studying about Theology & Doctrine; Starbucks Mochas and Frapps; Martial Arts; Lake Fishing; Swimming; Movies; Music.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: I would focus on God's grace. I would make it clear He is not looking for reasons to keep us out of eternity with Him, but He is giving us reasons to recognize we are His for eternity.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Something small but very funny at the time: It was one of my first times speaking publicly and I was very nervous. I was sharing something that had happened in my life where my teeth had been chattering. Well, as I meant to say "my teeth chattered" I actually said "my teeth shattered." People were laughing, a few were trying to be respectful and hold it in, I was baffled as I didn't realize what I had said and the pastor kindly told me "you said shattered instead of chattered." Then we all laughed.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Ephesians 2:8-9 & Romans 8:1
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