Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.Psalms 145:3
As the Lord has blessed ETC with students from different parts of the world, He has also blessed us with faculty members who came from different countries in the World. We praise God for enriching our education system with Godly, committed, invested and well rounded faculty members that play a huge role in equipping our students for ministry.
Jeff is an SIM missionary and one of our invaluable faculty members at ETC. He is from the United States of America. After serving in Theological Education for 14 years in the country of Peru, God called Jeff and his family to Ethiopia and he is now teaching at ETC.
Jeff and his wife Stacey have four children. The oldest son is studying in the US and the three youngest children at Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa . Jeff has a BA with an emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies, from Bethel College, 1991; MDiv, with emphasis in World Christianity, Denver Seminary, 2001; ThM in New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2011. Currently, Jeff is working on his PhD and will defend his dissertation at the end of March 2020, from London School of Theology; and by God’s grace will be able to obtain his Doctoral degree soon.
Jeff at ETC
The classes Jeff teaches include Hermeneutics, Exegesis, and Systematic Theology courses. Jeff expressed that he has been encouraged with the humility of his students at ETC, as well as their hunger to learn. Jeff related “It is wonderful to see them correctly handling the Word of God.”
Jeff also explained that he firmly believes that one of the most pressing needs in the world today is the training of national pastors. He added, “Given the explosive growth of the church, in the Majority World—knowledgeable, humble and articulate pastors are desperately needed. Such pastors can train up and encourage the millions of believers in our churches.
When we pass on to others what we have received (2 Tim 2:2), the church grows toward maturity and completeness (Col 1:28; 2:2).” Jeff firmly asserted what the Bible warned by stating “Given the number of times that we are warned against being deceived (e.g., Matt 24:24; Acts 20:28), it is crucial to consistently remind ourselves to be discerning. In fact, many letters were written to “undeceive Christian readers” (e.g., Galatians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, James, Jude) (see D.A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd Edn. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), 113-114).”
Finally, he concluded by saying “It is a blessing to encourage Ethiopian leaders in holding to our teachings (2 Thess 2:15), and guarding what has been entrusted to our care (1 Tim 6:20).” We are grateful to God and his sending organization SIM for giving us Jeff to be part of ETC’s ministering team.
Dear Friends and Partners of ETC, we are sharing these stories with you so you can rejoice with us in the great work that the Lord is doing here at ETC. We also ask you to continue partnership with us so we can train more knowledgeable, humble and articulate pastors to help the Church grow into maturity and completeness in Christ (Col. 1:28-2:2). Your partnership and prayers have a significant place in the work of ETC and in the Kingdom of God.
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