Jeff was born on September 23, 1971, in Waco, TX. He did not attend church regularly until he was 13 years old. He accepted Jesus as His Savior and Lord at a Power Team event held at his junior high school in the Fall of 1985 at the age of 14. He was baptized at Lakeview Baptist in 1986. During his time at Lakeview Baptist, he became very involved in the youth ministry and was mentored by his youth pastor Barry Scott.
As a result, he surrendered to ministry at a Youth Evangelism Conference in 1990. His first ministry was at Lakeview Baptist as youth pastor when his mentor moved away. Since that time, Jeff has served the Lord in various churches and ministry roles for the past 28 years. He graduated from Baylor University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Then, he became a licensed minister in November 2002 and was ordained into full-time ministry upon graduation from SouthWestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010.
Shenandoah Baptist is Jeff’s second church serving as Senior Pastor. He began his ministry here on December 24, 2017, after 5 years of serving as Senior Pastor of Baptist Temple in Edna, TX.
Jeff married his best friend Catherine on April 25, 1998, and they have two children: Nicholas and Megan.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys walking with his family, riding his bicycle, watching sports (Baylor Bears, Houston Texans, Texas Rangers, San Antonio Spurs, and the Olympics), and reading a wide variety of Christian, mystery, and suspense books.
His favorite verse is Matthew 19:26 where Jesus says, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Bro. Johnny was born September 28, 1945 in Frankfort, Kentucky; at the age of ten, he accepted Christ as his savior. He has been married to his wife, Millie, since 1963, and has been blessed with two children (Andrea who lives in California and John who went to be with the Lord in 1994).
Bro. Johnny is an ordained deacon and has been a member of Shenandoah Baptist Church since 1988. With a heart for ministering and caring for people in need, Johnny surrendered to the ministry as Associate Pastor of Hospital Visitation in June of 2002. Previously, Bro. Johnny worked for IBM and retired from their Procurement department after 30 years.
Bart was born February 18, 1974 in Decatur, Alabama. He grew up in church, but it was just something you did growing up in the Bible belt. On September 1st 2001, Bart committed his life to Jesus, and began serving the Lord at his home church, Westmeade Baptist Church. In 2004, Bart felt that the Lord was calling him into ministry, and in 2007 he became the bi-vocational youth minister at Mt. Hope Baptist Church in Mt. Hope, Alabama. Bart had served at Mt. Hope Baptist for five years when he felt that God was calling him into full-time ministry. He served as an interim youth minister at Westmeade Baptist and at Pleasant Hill Baptist in Decatur before being called to Shenandoah Baptist Church. In 2013, Bart and the family packed up and headed west for Austin, Texas to begin serving full-time at Shenandoah.
Bart married his wife Tina in April of 1998. They have three children: Maddie, Kingston, and Sara Whitten. Some of his hobbies include movies and college football.
Ron grew up in the Midwest just north of Minneapolis, Minnesota where he worked as a middle school, high school and university music teacher. Ron earned double master's degrees in Band, Choir and Orchestra Music Education and in Educational Administration and has 30+ years of teaching experience from elementary through the university and adult levels. Ron and wife, Patricia, moved to Texas in 1997 where Ron has been worship and music director at several churches in the Austin area. Ron is currently a private music lesson teacher in several Austin area public and private schools as well as Music clinician and contest judge. Ron became part time minister of music at Shenandoah Baptist Church in August 2009 and is happy to be called to continue the Lord's work here.