Jeff is passionate in his love for Jesus Christ and his belief that people must never leave God inside the walls of the church. His approach to ministry can be summed up in four words — “personal outreach and evangelism.”
When he isn’t preaching, teaching or spending time with his family, Jeff usually has his nose in a book. He got his B.A. from Wheaton College in History, his Master of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, his M.A. in History from UNO and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Jeff and his wife Krista have two daughters (six-year-old Katie and three-year-old Meredith) and a brand new son named Parker.
One of the many ways the Lord has blessed Avery is by sending us Cyndee. She’s been our office administrator since 2003 and pretty much keeps the ship afloat. Cyndee and her husband are from South Dakota, but the military brought their family to Nebraska in 1998. They have two married sons (both pilots in the U.S. Air Force) and four grandchildren.
The Avery family has been enjoying Bonnie’s amazing musical gifts since 1987. She began playing piano at age 9, the organ at 13 and then went on to major in both instruments at Wichita State University. Before coming to Bellevue, Bonnie played for churches in Kansas, Texas, Louisiana and California. She teaches piano lessons and is also an accompanist at Bryan High School.
Don is an Avery institution. We simply can’t imagine our worship services without him. Don has directed the wonderful Avery choir for 29 years. Although now retired, Don taught choral music for four years in Tecumseh, NE, six years in Omaha and 29 years in Bellevue. He is a member of the Nebraska Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
Don and his wife Joyce have three sons and seven grandchildren.