by: Erin Keller
Jeff’s is a life that has been transformed by the power of relationship. Jeff didn’t have any Christian influences in his life as he was growing up. He just tried to live life as a “good person.”
Jeff met Bill and Lauri Williams in 2000 when Jeff was coaching soccer and their daughter Sarah was on the team. Jeff says, “Bill invited us to church and we went. We weren’t searching. We didn’t know that we needed the Lord. We just liked Bill and Lauri and said, ‘Okay, we’ll try it.’ I went to church for about a year and a half before I decided I did need Jesus. I accepted the Lord when I was 27 and got baptized within a couple of months after that, and I just thank the Lord that he put me in some good teaching classes for several years.”
Since then, Jeff has spent years on the host team, as an usher, and for the past five years he has been teaching a class on Wednesday nights. One of the things that has changed the most for Jeff is his desire to connect with people. “I didn’t used to like to interact with people, but as I’ve gotten a little more comfortable with it, I like that part more than anything. I’ve learned it’s not about me. It’s more about that first impression and letting people know that somebody sees them and makes them feel comfortable and welcome.” For the past year or so, Jeff has taken on the role of scheduling all the host team and ushers.
Because of one friendship, one person’s willingness to invite Jeff to church, Jeff’s life and the life of his family and countless others has been forever changed. Would you like to be that one person for someone else? Consider inviting someone to church with you, or getting involved in the host team or another ministry. One person does make a difference.