Jeff grew up in Newaygo, Michigan, and attended Indiana Wesleyan University, where he earned his BA in Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature and met his wife, Stephanie. After graduation, they ministered in Thailand, Canada, and Upstate New York. Together they have two kids, Kaiyah and Samuel. They moved to Mississippi in 2015. Jeff also attended Wesley Biblical Seminary, where he earned his MA in Theology and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Theology through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.