The Jeffrey Family
Pat and Joyce met in Washington, Iowa. He was fresh out of seminary when he moved there to be a pastor, and she was a music teacher in the public schools. They were married the following year. Their spiritual journey took them to churches in Salina, Kansas and then to Encampment, Wyoming, where their two sons were born. “CJ”, graduated from CSU in Fort Collins, he received a BS in Music and is currently working on a musical production before he enters a masters program next year. Justin, a student at Falcon High School, enjoys playing the bass guitar, downhill skiing, skateboarding, and hanging with friends.
Most recently, the Jeffrey’s lived in Haines, Alaska, where Pat pastored a church for six years. Their musical abilities are used in worship as Joyce plays keyboard and Pat plays guitar. The Jeffrey’s are hunters and enjoy fishing, camping, and skiing. To stay in shape, Pat runs the Woodmen Hills trails with their two Golden Retrievers and Joyce does aerobic workouts. They look forward to developing deep and lasting friendships with the people of this community!
Pat’s Theological Training:
Oral Roberts University: B.A. in Christian Education
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary: Master of Divinity
McCormick Theological Seminary: Doctorate of Ministry
Statement of Faith
Pat A. Jeffrey
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the center of my life’s goals, preaching, and teaching. I want people to understand what it means to know, believe in, and follow Jesus Christ, so they can experience God’s will and purpose in their lives.
I believe that God communicates with us in all of life’s situations, through Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the scriptures, worship, the church, and creation. I take seriously the call to prayer and Bible study, a means by which we speak to God and God speaks to us. Prayer is the place where we begin to be made whole, where God’s vision is revealed to us, and the comfort and peace of God’s presence touches us in a unique way. When we understand Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we come to a clearer understanding of ourselves, our relationship with God, and others.
Once I was asked, “If you had one last sermon to preach, what would be its theme?” It would be about God’s great love for each of us. My conviction is that we are all wanting, needing sinners, called to action in this world. I am certain of God’s gracious love and forgiveness in our everyday lives. My call as pastor has been one of proclaiming that the promises of God are true. God does mend the brokenness of shattered lives. God breathes life into us as individuals and as communities of faith. When all is said and done, faith must be a reliance on this life giving and life empowering God.
My personal approach to ministry is that each and every Christian is called to share the Good News. The Church is “the people” and scripture is clear that ministry should be a cooperative effort. My goal is to see the church family praying about and sharing in the leadership and decision-making in all areas of the church. In this way, individuals can be learning and contributing to a church that is alive and growing with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Wherever I minister, the inclusion of children and youth is a top priority. Young people are not just the Church of tomorrow; they are the church of today!
I am a firm believer in Biblical authority and believe that we have a firm foundation on which to stand. Education is a nurturing process involving the spiritual, social, mental, and physical aspects of life. My goals are to help people understand their personal faith in relationship to God, and offer opportunities, which speak to them. Care should be taken to equip our educators spiritually, with quality training and Biblically based materials.
Lastly, as Christ came not to be served but to serve, so I too seek to exhibit this in my lifestyle and work. I find it a special privilege to serve as a minister of Jesus Christ.