Jeff and Linda are members of Grace Baptist Church, Muncie, Indiana. They met as Jeff was at Central Baptist Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he studied for his two master's degrees and later his Ph.D. Their first year of marriage was spent in southwestern Germany, where Jeff substituted for a missionary who needed a furlough. After completing his degree, Jeff pastored a church in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area for 7 years.
In 1986 Jeff and Linda answered the Lord's call to be full-time missionaries to Germany and joined Baptist Mid-Missions. In 1989 they arrived in Munich, Germany. After one year of language school they moved to Erlangen, a city just north of Nürnberg. In 1991 the Independent Baptist Church of Erlangen began holding services. They trained the church in many areas over the next 15 years. When they left the church in 2006, it was totally independent having their own pastor, many fine leaders in the church, good ministries for both outreach and within the church. It also was in its own building.
In 2008 at the request of the Erlangen church, Jeff and Linda began a church plant in Nürnberg, just 20 minutes south of the mother church. The Independent Baptist Church of Nürnberg has moved from the original location to a much larger one, able to accommodate the growing congregation. Their tasks was training leaders to step into the many levels of leadership within a church plant.
In addition to the church ministry, Jeff and another BMM missionary started the Theological Training Center of Nürnberg-Erlangen. It now has five faculty and they train Christians for ministry, including pastoral ministry in local churches.
In 2022, Jeff and Linda officially retired from service in Germany and returned to the USA. They continue to teach seminars in Germany and in the United States as able.