Kaysville Bible Church welcomes new lead pastor

Friday , February 21, 2014 - 5:42 PM

The Rev. Tommy Jeffcott , Angela Short Jeffcott and their daughter, Vivienne, pose for a portrait....

KAYSVILLE — The Kaysville Bible Church is celebrating a new lead pastor this month.

Pastor Tommy Jeffcott has taken the helm of the church after five years as associate pastor.

The new leader said his goal is to reach out to each person he serves.

“I don’t want to lose the individual in the crowd,” he said, noting his goal is to be with people in their own homes as well as in his home so they will know who he is.

He wants to be transparent.

“You need to have understanding and knowledge of the people you serve,” he said. “If your knowledge is only in your head and people don’t know that you care about them, it won’t sink in.”

Kaysville Bible Church, located at 181 N. Flint Street in Kaysville, is a nondenominational church that emphasizes a systematic study of the Bible.

“As long as somebody is hungry for (studying the Bible), they are going to get what they want,” Jeffcott said of his church.

He said the congregation averages about 150 on any given Sunday.

Jeffcott’s previous responsibilities were for preaching, teaching, music and youth ministries.

Kaysville Bible Church’s previous pastor, Steve Mix, is returning to Great Falls, Mont., to pastor the Fairview Church.

Jeffcott comes from a family with three generations of pastors. Growing up, the new pastor lived in Hawaii, Georgia and Cedar City, where his father pastored churches.

Jeffcott studied the Bible and music at Appalachian Bible College in West Virginia.

After receiving his master’s degree in pastoral studies from Bob Jones University in South Carolina in 2008, he joined the Kaysville Bible Church staff.

Jeffcott is married to Angela Short Jeffcott, who is a native of Layton. They have a daughter named Vivienne, 2 1/2, and a son due to be born March 20, who will be named Isaiah.

Angela is the daughter of a former Kaysville Bible Church pastor Royce Short, who currently serves as dean of religion at Bob Jones University.

Jeffcott and his wife, both 29, are accomplished vocalists and often sing duets in services.

The new leader gives much credit to his wife’s ability to be a good homemaker for his opportunity to welcome people into their home.

“Our home is open to them,” he said. “People can come and spend time with us.”

Once people do that, when there is a specific difficulty, hardship or struggle and they want him there, he will be able to be with them on a personal level, he said.

“I don’t want from a distance to say, ‘I hope everything comes out OK,’ ” he said, noting he welcomes visiting and helping people in their time of need.

Jeffcott directs the choir and leads the church youth group. His wife leads the Sparks youth group for kindergarten through second-graders in the church’s AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) program, a Bible club that is an alternative to Scouting.

Members of the church believe in ministering to the entire family.

The congregation describes itself as Bible-centered, God-glorifying, Christ-exalting and Holy-Spirit-empowered.

Kaysville Bible Church was started in 1973 by Biblical Ministries Worldwide.

The congregation celebrated its 40-year anniversary last year.

“Our church is doing well,” Jeffcott said. “God has really taken care of us. We are looking to the days ahead.”

The church’s website, www.kaysvillebible.org, offers sermons in MP3 format. The website also offers information about service times, Sunday school, Bible studies, Awana, a Young Families group and youth group.

Inquiries and visitors are welcomed. Call the church at 801-546-0881.

Contact reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228 or jfrancis@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE.

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