WHO IS JEFFREY HOLTON?
I am a beloved child of God. That is who I am. I am also a husband to my beautiful wife Carrie and a father to my four awesome children Micaiah, Gabe, Simon and Berea. I am so thankful God, in his grace, has given to me my wonderful family and friends.
My Story in A Nutshell
I grew up in the church but I did not always walk with Jesus. In my teenage years I walked away from the church. I lived a life outside of Christ until I was 21 years old. As I was leaving a bar one night a man handed me a Bible tract and I took it. At that very moment I sensed God calling me to be a follower of Jesus.
I went home that evening and prayed to God for forgiveness and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I pinned the tract on my wall as a reminder. From the moment I became a follower of Jesus, I had a hunger for his Word. Immediately I went out and bought a Bible and I consumed as much of it as I could. Shortly thereafter I sensed God’s call for me to go to Bible College in California. I sold all my possessions and went out west and spent two years growing in my faith and understanding of God’s Word.
Since my graduation from Bible College I have been blessed to have served for over 25 years in full time ministry. I served as a youth pastor at Fluvanna Community Church in Jamestown, NY from 1994 - 2001. I served as a Student and Children's Pastor at Church of the Cross in Fairview, PA from 2001 to 2007. I served as a solo the pastor for a small congregation in Spring Valley, WI from 2007 to 2014.
In October 2014 I left my position at the church in Spring Valley and I took some time off from the ministry and worked at a Walmart Distribution Center for 7 months. During this time God confirmed my call to full-time ministry and began seeking opportunities that the Lord brought my way.
On June 1, 2015 I started as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Family Ministry and Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, FL. God faithfully led me to this church and I am passionately following His lead and I seek to bring glory to His name by serving Him and his people.
In August of 2018, the Lord made it clear to me that I needed to leave First Presbyterian Church. The story behind my departure is a tale that will be told at another date. Upon my departure God has called me to be a Bi-vocational Pastor. Currently I work at Bradenton Christian School full-time and I am the campus pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus. I love leading this church, and I am prayerful that God will do amazing things in revitalizing the church.
God is and has been faithful.
Things I Like
I am passionate about spending time with my family and being with friends. I enjoy reading and teaching the Bible, writing, and listening to music and I enjoy a good cup of coffee (I emphasize good... No Folger's or Maxwell House for this guy).
Some of my favorite Christian authors include Timothy Keller, C.S. Lewis, Jack Deere, Pete Enns, N.T. Wright, and Ted DeKker.
Some of my favorite non-Christian authors include Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Dean Koontz.
I appreciate a good movie now and then and some favorites include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars, X-Men (well pretty much all the Marvel movies) and a good romantic comedy.
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