Jeff, the founding Pastor at WoodsEdge, grew up in Madisonville, Texas. He became a believer in the summer before attending Rice University where he majored in History and was a four-time All-American recipient in track and cross country. While at Rice, he also received the Bob Quin Award as Outstanding Student Athlete.

Jeff is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned the Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Jeff and his wife Gayle met in Oregon where Jeff was serving in a church internship and running for Nike. When they met, Gayle was working as a nurse.

In Jeff's new book Breaking Free of OCD, Jeff details his struggle with mental anguish and pain and his journey to healing.

Jeff and Gayle have three children Sarah, Callie, and John Paul. Sarah is married to Michael Grenz and they have three children - Ryanne Elizabeth, Barrett Michael and Evelyn May. Callie is married to Paul Thomas and they have a baby daughter, Wren Felicity.  John Paul is married to Michelle, and they are currently living in Austin, TX. Jeff's hobbies include reading, running and anything outdoors with his family.