Jeff and Jen Stappenbeck started dating around the time they both became members of New Hope back in 2011. They were already both involved heavily in ministry; but after they got married, they moved to Massachusetts where Jeff began serving on a pastoral team in a church there. They have a heart for the Lord, have been involved in serving Him in many ways for years, and love New Hope! We are excited to have them come on board with us as Jeff serves on our pastoral team and they have reunited with us again as their church family!
Wife: Jennifer Stappenbeck
Married: June 16, 2012
Children: Judah and Janelle
Hometown: Palmyra, New York
When he came to know Christ: 2007
When he was called into ministry: 2007
When he came to New Hope: As a member: 2011, As a pastor: 2016
Favorite Music: Music that moves my emotions and mind to worship…John 4:24 stuff. That means it includes everything from Praise and Worship (Current Favorites right now: Bethel Worship Collective) to Rock (Current Favorites: For Today and Wolves at the Gate).
Favorite Movies: The Great Outdoors, Tommy Boy, Nacho Libre, Last Samurai, and War Room
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: Spending time relaxing with my family, reading, talking about theology and ministry, watching football, listening to and/or playing music.
Dream Vacation: Trip to Europe.
Little known fact about pastor Jeff: At one point, I dated Minnie Mouse. Well..she wasn’t really Minnie Mouse, she just played her as a character at Walt Disney World.
Biggest Passions: Being a part of a church that is passionate about reaching unchurched people. I am passionate about preaching and ministering with a bent towards unchurched people being able to understand and know how to make steps towards Christ, while challenging Christians to move forward in their own walk with Christ.
Special Bible Verses:
Life Verse: “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 (ESV)
Another Life Verse: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (ESV)
Ministry verse: “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” Acts 15:19 (NIV)
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