Board member since August 2011
I was born and raised in Boston Mass. I first heard of Christ's love for me at a special event that my brother invited me to. I heard for the first time how much Jesus loves me unconditionally, no matter what I've done or where I've been. I was struck by the fact that He loves me even thought felt broken, confused and alone, He loves me and called me home like the prodigal son. He was waiting with open arms. That night I accepted Christ into my life to be my Lord and savior. Ten months later, and with encouragement from several sources, I was led to Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa. In the course of the year, I received a one year Bible Certificate, met my lovely wife, Anna and decided to pursue a four year Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. My wife and I have been married for almost 19 years now. Anna and I both love kids, so we decided to have a few of our own...5 to be exact! We consider this to be an awesome responsibility and a privilege!
For nearly ten years, I worked with troubled youth at Hillcrest Family Services. I then stayed home with our fifth and final child Samuel! until he was ready for school. He was blessed and very excited to attend Tri- State Christian School along with his siblings. We attend Asbury Community Chapel (ACC) in Dubuque, Iowa. We have attended ACC for our entire time here in Dubuque, where I currently serve as a deacon. I am also involved with the Dubuque Dream Center where I will serve as a life coach, to the Dubuque community youth.
Our family verse is Proverbs 3:5-7, we have this verse engraved in our wedding bands. We continue to Trust God and NOT lean on our own understanding and to acknowledge Him in all His ways (because His ways are better than man's) as He guides our family.
The Lord has used the past to guide our present and future.
Over the years seeing the lack of parenting influence and the unstable home environment has driven us to provide the opposite for our children. We are committed as a couple to provide a stable, safe, encouraging (and, yes, disciplined) environment for our children. I grew up with little regard for education and an even less regard for Christian education. We are committed to provide a home where the word of God is central in all we do, if we fail to teach that to our children we have failed as parents! The world is prepared to lie to our children and is eager to show them the shortcomings of Christianity. Sadly Christians today struggle to defend their faith with certainty and truth. A well grounded Christian education will give children the tools they need to defend their faith. Lack of Christ-centered values and having no accountability led me to the choices I made as a teenager. We are committed to provide for our family a supporting and caring Christian community... Which includes our home, our church and Christian education. My early years were filled with selfish ambitions and worldly self-centered desires. I pray that my desires now are to serve God and Him only.
To God be the glory for the great things He has done!
Jeffrey James Fernandes