He desires to serve God with humility
February 18. 2013 11:49PM
Jeffery feels his biggest success as president is not taking credit for what God has done through his ‚??outstanding‚?Ě team of faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.
‚??It is because of their shared vision and passion to provide excellence in biblical higher education for effectiveness in global Christian leadership that much has been accomplished,‚?Ě said Jeffrey. ‚??I celebrate our alumni that are making a difference for Christ in 47 nations and all across the country in numerous leadership roles also serving the needs of people.‚?Ě
Jeffery is grateful for the improvements to the campus, the new Kempton Athletic Center, classroom technology and the new campus entranceway.
During his time as president, he has seen nine new churches planted in Pennsylvania and New York City. There has also been a growth in online education, which expands the influence of BBC & S in undergraduate, graduate and seminary education.
What Jeffery foresees for BBC & S is the school continuing to expand its academic programs in keeping with the mission.
He believes in growing the number of both campus and online students and also feels that partnering with local churches to help embrace and expand its ministry is a plus.
‚??We‚??d like to be a center for biblical higher education through faculty scholarship and mentoring,‚?Ě he said. ‚??Providing for our students through increased scholarships and greater value in their education is key.‚?Ě
As president of BBC & S, Jeffery is responsible for providing leadership for the administration in furthering the mission of BBC&S. He believes it is the administration‚??s duty to represent BBC&S to stakeholders.
Some of this takes place by raising funds for student scholarships and campus projects and by speaking and teaching not only at BBC&S, but in churches, conferences and seminars.
Giving back to the community is important to Jeffery.
‚??By serving our community in churches, helping other nonprofits and through community service days, we help maintain our position in the community,‚?Ě he said.
BBC&S is involved in local service clubs, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, volunteer fire and EMS companies and more.
The school provides summer camps for children, teens, men and women and offers sporting events, drama and music concerts that are open to the public.
The Love-Life Marriage and Family Center on campus meets the needs of individuals and families. Students also serve as employees in local businesses.
Ordained in to the Baptist ministry in October 1978 by Grace Baptist Church in Binghamton, New York, Jeffery served as a Baptist pastor for 26 years, including ministries at Grace Baptist Church, Binghamton, New York; Calvary Baptist Church, Sandusky, Ohio; Lakewood Park Baptist Church, Auburn, Indiana; and Calvary Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He came to BBC&S to help in the preparation of the next generation of servant leaders for Christ.
He describes the atmosphere in which he works as a community of students and staff who love Christ and desire to serve Him.
Jeffery became the president of BBC&S on August 1, 2001. He served as a member of the board of trustees for 11 years prior to his appointment and as chairman for three years.
He is an alumnus of BBC, earning his Bachelor of Religious Education degree in 1979. He is also a graduate of Practical Bible College (now Davis College), earning a Master of Religious Education in Pastoral Ministry degree at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and has done doctoral studies at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and Grace Seminary.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Shepherds Seminary in Cary, North Carolina, in 2005.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Alberta ‚??Bert‚?Ě Dart, since 1973, he has three children, Daniel, Amy and Rachel, three children-in-law and 11 grandchildren.
This article is one in a series profiling the presidents of clubs and organizations in the Abington area.