Senior Pastor & Elder


Jeff is the founding pastor of WoodsEdge Community Church in Spring, Texas.  Jeff, his wife Gayle, and a handful of people founded WoodsEdge in November 1993.

Jeff has been married to Gayle over 40 years. They have three grown 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 also have three children: Wren Felicity, Archie Wells, and Daisy Shafer. John Paul is married to Michelle, and they have a son, Wallace Dutch, and a daughter, Collins Jane.

Jeff loves pastoring, and especially enjoys leading, preaching, and mentoring young pastors. He is also the author of five books:  The Great Verses (2015), Breaking Free of OCD (2016), Love: Revealing the Heart of God (2018), Unhurried Time With God (2019), and Soul on Fire: The Privilege of Preaching (2019).

Jeff’s two favorite hobbies have been reading and running, and he and Gayle love hiking together, especially when they are away from the Texas heat!

Jeff's Books