Associate Pastor/Pastor of mens ministries
Jeff was born in 1961 and raised in Fullerton Ca. Jeff grew up in an environment that was anything but Christian and felt the sting of his parents being divorced at a young age. Using drugs with his parents was not uncommon and set the stage for a number of unfortunate situations that forced him to grow up very fast.
Jeff was married to his high school girlfriend and love of his life, Robyn, in 1985. They bought a house in Yorba Linda Ca and started a family which eventually resulted in 3 beautiful children Brittney, Brandy and Brent. After the birth of Brittney, Jeff"s drug use and all around restlessness came to head and his wife threatened divorce. Vowing never to repeat the mistake his parents had made put him in full crisis mode.
About that time a man at Jeff's work place had been sharing about his relationship with Jesus Christ which "supposedly" changed his life. Jeff just made fun of him and asked him if he wanted to get high. As things went from bad to worse Jeff reached a point of total desperation in 1987 and asked Jesus "if he was real to show himself to him." That morning Jeff had a supernatural experience of the interior of his car "lighting up" on the Newport freeway at 4 in the morning while driving to work and asked Christ into his life.
It would have been great if the story ended there but Jeff and Robyn moved to Solvang Ca in 1989 to get out of Orange County and Jeff was hired by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's department. Jeff was injured on duty and had two knee surgeries that resulted in him being introduce to a pain killer called Vicodin which began a 12 year addiction where Jeff walked away from his faith to satisfy his flesh. Jeff was trying to live like a Christian on Sunday but was using drugs heavily the rest of the week.
Jeff was finally able to give Christ the role of Lord in his life and never use Vicodin again. Not long after that Jeff and Robyn were taking a walk in their neighborhood and saw what they thought was a bible study going on. Jeff met the leader of the bible study, Rick Soto, who was actually planting The Ranch Church in his living room and they became friends instantly. Jeff joined the new church in 2007 and was asked to join the staff team in 2008. Jeff and Robyn have never looked back as the Lord Jesus Christ continues to fill them with his New Wine.