About Jeff

Born in Cyprus and raised in Germany and the United Kingdom, Jeff has an innate inquisitiveness and desire to understand and make sense of the world around him. These attributes find natural expression in the written word. Jeff’s writing has appeared in various places around the internet and in print, often dealing with the relationship between gospel, church, and culture..

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pastor and ministry leader since 1998, since 2017 Jeff has served with InterVarsity Press where he leads marketing for IVP Academic. He has taken a leading role in developing content marketing channels for IVP and leaning into digital marketing. 

His work at IVP combines his interest in academic theology, history, and biblical studies with his desire to resource both the church and the academy. 

Prior to that, he served as Associate Pastor at the 2,500-member First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem (PA) during its contentious transition from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. 

After losing its property the congregation became known as Grace Church Bethlehem. Jeff oversaw the cradle-to-grave discipleship ministry of the congregation, preached regularly, taught adult Bible classes, and led worship (including weddings and funerals).

In addition, Jeff has more than ten years of experience as a campus minister serving graduate students and faculty at top-tier universities including the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Wake Forest University.

He is married to Anna (an academic editor at IVP) and father to Nathan (11) and Eliza (9).  

The Gissing family lives in Wheaton.


Brief Resume

Earned degrees:

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy & Religion
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Master of Divinity
Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama 

Additional Studies:

Institute of Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman World
Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Master of Theology, Church History*
Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*Did not complete