For 18 years Jeff and Lou Ann served as pastor and wife in several churches in Kentucky. The Indigenous Missions dream began in 2003 when Jeff met Johan Gous with Hope Builders Ministries and became interested in the work of God among national pastors and Christians in Africa. This incredible work of God described by Johan was so fascinating and compelling that he had to see for himself this "harvest" field.
In 2005 Jeff joined an international short-term mission team of believers working in Zambia. It was amazing to be a part of this team working beside the indigenous church winning thousands to the Lord and helping to plant 25 new churches in ONE week! Jeff personally witnessed hundreds coming to Christ and 7 new churches started. Jeff returned to Africa in 2006 conducting a Bible Conference in Zambia and then join another evangelism and church planting team in Mozambique. Again the response to the Word of God was overwhelming.
In 2007 Jeff and Lou Ann knew that the Lord was allowing them to "shift" ministries from pastoring local churches in the USA to partnering with the Indigenous Church in Zambia helping to train Zambian pastors in the Word of God to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The need for trained pastors is great and Hope Builders Ministries provides a way for many pastors in Zambia and other African countries to receive this training. Jeff and Lou Ann became "HIMAfrica" and "HIMIndia" to coordinate support and training for the Indigenous church in Africa and India in association with Hope Builders Ministries.
In 2008 Jeff met Pastor Stephen Prasad from India via Skype and began a discipling relationship with him teaching him the HUB model and the importants of discipling key men who would then multiply discipleship with others. In 2013 Jeff was privileged to travel to India and meet Stephen "face to face" for the first time. They partnered together and formed HIMIndia begining with 10 trained pastors who each mentored and trained 10 other Christian men in the Bible. This training enables the pastors to better serve their congregations. Today HIMIndia is partnered with Stephen in Andhrapradesh and with Prabhukiran in Telangana in India.
Jeff travels to Zambia and India several times a year encouraging Stephen and Prabhu and personally discipling them so that they can in turn disciple others.
As with all of Hope Builders Ministries the goal is to EMPOWER the indigenous church to do the work of the ministry in their own countries. HBM is a partner with them in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The gifts given to the work in Zambia and India are carefully distributed and closely coordinated with key leaders providing Bibles, Bible Training material, Bible conferences and other needs of the rural pastors like bicycles, motorcycles, eye glasses and training centers.
Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of Hope Builders Ministries.
Lou Ann and Jeff are graduates of Southeastern Bible College, Birmingham, AL and parents of 4 children and grandparents of 10. They reside in Texarkana, TX.