When Jeff is not logging with his brother, he is sharing in the work of the family sawmill. He also puts his twelve years of Tae Kwon Do competition to use as a teacher in Boscobel two nights per week. As a black belt, he is a fierce competitor. I would always want him on my side in a back alley brawl. But as a teacher, he is gentle as he guides his young students. His ultimate goal is not to teach them how to defend themselves or compete as he has done. He wants his students to develop strong character and to encounter his Savior, Jesus Christ.
I first met Jeff when he started dating his now wife, Vanessa. Vanessa and her family have been part of our church since she was waist high to me. Vanessa helps Jeff teach the Tae Kwon Do classes and also runs a very busy summer camp and after school program for kids at the same martial arts academy. The parents don’t merely drop off their kids for programs and lessons. They truly want their children to come under the positive and caring influence of Jeff and Vanessa. They have formed a wonderful ministry team as they are involved in their community and in our church in worship, youth mentoring and Bible studies. I was excited to get a taste for Jeff’s logging business and I am always blessed while watching Jeff and Vanessa serve the Lord together.