|Pastor Jeff Seekins’ Ministry Spans the Globe|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00|
Through his 29 year career, Pastor Jeff Seekins’ ministry has spanned the globe with the timeless message of ‘Presenting Every Man Perfect in Christ.’
It’s the purpose statement of the Community Bible Church, 1427 W. Main St., where Seekins has served in Tipp City since 2000.
A graduate of Florida Bible College, it was while in college that Seekins was inspired to follow his father’s footsteps into ministry. He went on to attend the Canyon View Bible Seminary in Oregon, and after completing the program in 1984, started his first full time pastor position in South Dakota.
Raised in Minnesota, before moving to Alaska while in high school, the warm Florida weather was a shock to Seekins’ system. “I got off the plane wearing jeans and a sweatshirt in August, and thought, ‘Who has the heat on?’ I looked up and was in the open air,” Seekins laughed.
After 16 years in South Dakota, Seekins transition into Tipp City was a quick one, with little free time to spare. “I preached in South Dakota on Sunday, loaded up my truck and preached here the next Sunday. I got to Tipp City on Tuesday, closed on my house on Wednesday and began preparing for my sermon with an office full of boxes,” he said.
No matter the state he’s in, Seekins take great pleasure in ministering God’s Word and seeing its impact upon the lives of others. Seekins internal desire to serve as a model of faith is particularly evident in his sermons. “I want to be known as someone who stands for the grace of God. Christ is the focus of my message, which is an outreach for the unbelievers and also teaching the Word. My ministry is known for teaching the word and really zeroing in on the scripture,” he said.
Seekins preaches on a verse by verse manner, and is currently in Philippians. He also uses a power point each week and provides notes for the congregation to follow.
A highlight for Seekins with reaching others came in 2011 when he and his wife, Barb, traveled to Tanzania, where their daughter is a missionary, and they held a conference for pastors & their wives. It was the first such event of its kind, and was attended by approximately 70 churches from the area. Seeing how his message was absorbed by the people left a lasting impression upon Seekins, “They were sitting at the edge of their seats the whole time with a great hunger for it. We had a great time and is an example of how lives can be impacted from the Word of God,” he said.
The Community Bible Church has long been a strong supporter of missions and designates around 15% of its budget to mission programs both locally and around the world.
The Seekins’ will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this summer, and have four children and six grandchildren.
Worship at the Community Bible Church, 1427 W. Main St., is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, and is a blended service. And new on Sunday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. is Sunday Night Rewind when Seekins preaches the sermon from the previous week for those who might have missed it.
More information can be found at www.cbctipp.com.