Meet Richardson Campus Pastor Jeff Jones
Richardson Campus Pastor Jeff Jones may share a name with another Chase Oaks pastor, but his faith journey, passion and gifting in ministry, and life experiences are uniquely his own.
Jeff was born in Ohio, where he acquired a lifelong love for OSU football
. After spending time on two opposite coasts (New Jersey and Southern California), his family moved to Plano when he was in 6th grade. He has been a resident of north Dallas—and adopted Texan—ever since.
Faith and a Pull to Serve
Jeff’s parents were intentional about passing their faith on to him and his brother during his childhood. After moving to Plano, Jeff became active in youth group and continued to grow spiritually. Significant mentors also helped him with each step and season of his faith journey.
Jeff remembers when he first felt a pull to ministry during a church mission trip to Mexico in 8th grade. During that trip, he caught his first glimpse of how God might use him if he were to offer himself fully to God. Looking back, Jeff would say he has never felt “worthy” of a call to ministry, but he has continued to feel that steady pull to serve in His church, nonetheless.
A More Refined Calling
After graduating from University of North Texas
, Jeff worked at a middle school, teaching 6th grade World History and coaching 8th grade basketball. But the tug toward ministry and love for youth soon led him to a degree program at Dallas Theological Seminary
. After graduating from DTS, Jeff went on to serve in a Dallas-based church for 10 years. He began working with the student ministry, continuing to impact the lives and faith of youth, before moving to a Family Pastor role within the church.
As Jeff continued to explore his gifts and calling, he further refined his ministry to include helping people to clearly and confidently express their God-given purpose, and then take their first steps in living it out. Today, Jeff would describe his purpose as being “a strategic leader for those on the journey from now to next.”
Family and Fun
Jeff’s dedication and love for families is reflected in his own life. He and his wife Ashley initially connected through mutual friends over their shared love of music. They married 13 years ago and have since welcomed two dogs (Oreo and Ollie) and two animal-and-sport loving children into the family: Addie, age 11, and Will, age 9. The family has put down roots in their community of Lake Highlands, and they continue to find creative ways to be great neighbors to those around them.
These days, much of their free time is spent cheering on their kids at various sports games: soccer, volleyball, and girls’ basketball (Addie), and football, baseball, and boys’ basketball (Will). They also enjoy sneaking out to their family ranch in East Texas for some fishing.
In His Own Words
Enjoy getting to know more about Jeff, in his own words:
Q: What is your favorite food or cuisine?
A: My guilty pleasure is a good burger with a side of onion rings…outdoor on a patio when it’s sunny and cool outside.
Q: What is your most desired super power?
A: I want to fly! To me, there is no greater super power than to be able to fly!
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a free afternoon?
A: I love to be outside. I could be reading, listening to music, playing games, or hanging out with friends and family (I love playing Cornhole)!
Q: What’s a travel destination, activity, or goal on your bucket list?
: When I turn 50, I want to hike to the top of Machu Picchu
in Peru. I’ve always remembered the picture of it in my middle school World History textbook, and have thought it would be an incredible trip.
Q: How would you complete this sentence? “To know me is to know that…”
A: Sports are my love language. Especially Ohio State football.
Q: What’s on your music playlist right now?
A: Fall always moves me to listen to more folksy music. My current Spotify list includes Caamp, Mandolin Orange, Nick Drake, Amos Lee, and Charlie Crockett.
Q: What’s something else about you that others might not guess?
A: I’m a little bit of a coffee snob. I make pour-over coffee (using the Chemex) at home each morning for my wife and I to begin the day.
Q: What should people call you, to distinguish which Jeff Jones they are talking to?
A: I will answer to “Jeff,” “other Jeff,” “Richardson Jeff,” “Jonesy,” and even “Hey You.”
Q: What are you most looking forward to as the new pastor of the Chase Oaks Richardson Campus?
A: The incredible stories that will flow out of our campus as we invite the people of Richardson to come as they are, be transformed, and join us to make a difference in the places God has us.
We look forward to the incredible stories to come, as “Richardson Jeff” brings his unique gifts, experiences, and vision for ministry to his role as the Richardson Campus Pastor.
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