POSITION: Lead Pastor
FAMILY DESCRIPTION: Jeff and Dawn Struecker have been married for more than 20 years. They have five children: Aaron, Jacob (and wife, Haley), Joseph, Abigail and Lydia.
EDUCATIONAL AND MINISTRY EXPERIENCE:
Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He also has a Masters of Divinity Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and Associates and Bachelor’s degrees from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
Jeff’s life took a different direction when God called him to the ministry while serving as a US Army Ranger Sergeant in Mogadishu, Somalia. He served for over 10 years as an active duty chaplain in the US Army. Jeff joined the staff of Calvary Baptist Church immediately after retiring from the Army in January of 2011.
Jeff has taken his experiences as an Army Ranger and published several books. His book, The Road To Unafraid: How the Army’s Top Ranger Faced Fear and Found Courage through Black Hawk Down and Beyond (2006), has been received with great reviews. He has also written several novels, Certain Jeopardy, Blaze of Glory, Fallen Angel, Hide and Seek.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT DISH: Papa John’s pizza
FAVORITE TEAM: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and anyone who is playing against the NY Yankees.
HOBBIES: Reading and Running