Dr. Jeff Stark teaches Missional Theology, focusing on the intersection of the Church and culture. He also teaches courses that address the substantive theological concerns regarding racial reconciliation, peacemaking, biblical-justice, and evangelism in the 21st century. Additionally, Dr. Stark teaches a number of classes in the master's program and serves as the Director for the Center of Theological Leadership at Olivet.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Stark served 4.5 years in the U.S. Army as an Arabic Linguist. While deployed in Macedonia, Jeff met the Lord – feeling called to abandon addictions and destructive life choices. His wife, Angie, was saved one month later at Clarksville First Church of the Nazarene in Clarksville, Tennessee, where they began both their journeys into ministry.
Dr. Stark served on staff at Clarksville First Church in for 7 years, filling multiple associate roles. He served as Lead Pastor of Erin Church of the Nazarene in Tennessee for 5 years. In 2014, Jeff and his family moved to serve in Bridgeway Community Church in Pekin, Illinois. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Stark also serves as a Nazarene network leader and representative at NewThing, an international, non-denominational, church planting movement that seeks to empower churches (and networks of churches) to envision their capacity to multiply into unreached areas both in and outside of the United States.
When not teaching, Dr. Stark enjoys Ohio State football, watching The Office and The Big Bang Theory, drinking coffee, hiking, and traveling with his wife Angie and their sons Derek and Chance.
Some of his favorite passages of scripture include: 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Colossians 1:15-23