Jeff was born in Newport Beach, California, raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended college in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul). He’s also lived in Vail (CO), Sioux Falls (SD), and Washington D.C. Although he grew up as a pastor’s kid (and somehow turned out relatively normal it seems), Jeff never had aspirations toward full-time ministry himself. But God had other plans, and eventually positioned him to lead, equip, and serve His church, all while convincing him that there is no greater undertaking to be apart of.
Jeff was a small college athlete, and still enjoys just about anything sports-related. He is also an avid reader, likes to explore new places, and cannot tolerate weak coffee or flavored creamer. He is smitten with his two little girls, and literally hugged the ultrasound technician when he found out that Micah was a boy.
Kota is 4 ½, and is already smarter than her parents. She is creative, tender-hearted, and currently into old westerns (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and the like). She is a leader, makes friends wherever she goes, and believes that each day should include at least one or two surprises.
Taelen is 3, and may very well have been a terrorist for the first 6 months of her life (…seriously though). And yet since then she has become absolute joy. She is incredibly articulate with her words and stories, animated with her expressions, and quite often ends up being the life of every party. Taelen is also natural-born caregiver, regularly serving her parents and siblings even though she is only a toddler. She currently likes to laugh and clean and do somersaults.
Ashley grew up in Hurdsfield, North Dakota, population 90. And no, that is not a misprint; her parents still live in Hurdsfield. As most small town kids are, she was very well rounded, playing sports, performing in musicals, even showing different animals at the county fair. She eventually went off to Fargo (the big city) to attend college, and then moved halfway across the country – to the Palm Springs area – shortly after completing her studies. It was there that she met Jeff, who completely swept her off her feet (…or something like that), and later proposed to her on a beach in Fortaleza, Brazil (that part is actually true). They have been married for almost 9 years now.
Ashley loves the church, has a rare and refreshing authenticity, and quickly endears herself to whomever she meets. She is an active mom, eager to learn and try new things, and always ready for a little ice cream. She listens well, laughs often, and continues to surrender herself to Jesus…even when it hurts.
Micah is 1, and he is ALL boy. Since recently learning to walk, he became like a force of nature, almost impossible to contain. He loves to explore, chase his sisters around the house (even while navigating stairs and falls), and has recently discovered how to blow his nose. And even though he grunts and groans and yells, he also loves to snuggle with his mommy before going to bed; his mommy loves it even more.