I am an extremely fortunate man! Teresa and I have been married for over 21 years. She is my best friend. We adopted our little girls Eliana and Mikayla from China. Eliana is 8 years old and Mikayla is 2 1/2 years old. They, both, are absolute joys! We are the most blessed parents on the face of the earth! Teresa and I have a passion for adoption and the orphans in the world. We seek to encourage other people in their adoption journeys. Teresa volunteers her time with an organization called, Love Without Boundaries. Their mission is to provide the most loving and compassionate help possible to orphaned and impoverished children in China, and to show the world that every child, regardless of his or her needs, deserves to experience love and be treated with dignity and care.
Teresa and I have been at Gateway Bible Church, Northern Virginia/DC area, since 2011. God is doing great things at Gateway Bible Church! It is a joy seeing God make a difference in the lives of the people of our church and community. We love investing in the lives of people! My spiritual gift is “hanging out!” I love hanging out at Starbucks (God’s anointed coffee house) drinking my Grande (Blonde Roast) in a Venti cup and when I earn a free drink on my Gold Card (Yes! I have a Starbucks Gold Card!)…a Venti, Breve Latte, No foam, Extra hot, with 4 Splenda! Wow! Good stuff!
I completed my undergraduate work at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Go Bruins! We go to the NCAA basketball tournament every year and get bounced after the first round. I completed my Master’s and Doctor’s degrees at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Enough about the degrees….I have, also, been known to do some teaching at Liberty University and Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary here in the Northern Virginia/DC area in my “spare” time.
Teresa and I have served churches in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, California, and now Northern Virginia/DC. I love what I do! In Northern Virginia/DC we literally have the opportunity to impact the world for Jesus Christ! Teresa and I are originally from God’s Country…Tennessee. Go Vols! We moved to Northern Virginia from Houston, Texas (our second home).
I am a HUGE Houston Texans, Astros, and Rockets fan! I know. I know. But…I am loyal! In addition, I have been known to attend games and cheer for the Nationals during baseball season and the Wizards during basketball season. Go Nats! Go Wizards! Don’t be a hater…but I cannot bring myself to cheer for the Redskins…Instead, I pray for them on a regular basis.
I encourage you to join us at Gateway on a Sunday morning for coffee and worship. If you are a “seasoned veteran” of the faith or if you are still “searching” you will find a welcoming atmosphere. Did I say we have great coffee and pastries? The Gateway Cafe opens at 9:30AM! Check out my ramblings about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness at jeffward.blogspot.com. In addition, you can read about the lessons I learned from my first mugging. Guess where? You guessed it…the city of brotherly love…Philadelphia! Blessings to you!