Pastor. Teacher. Writer.
Jeff Gissing is a seasoned ministry leader who currently serves as transitional Pastor/Head of Staff for Westminster Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the western suburbs of Chicago. As Transitional Pastor Jeff’s role is to guide this community as it to moves toward greater clarity and effectiveness in it’s God-given mission. Jeff is a student of the Bible, church history, and theology and loves to connect them to life through his preaching, teaching, and writing.
Jeff earned a B.A. in Philosophy & Religion from Samford University and an M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School.
He has done additional studies at Cambridge University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Cumberland School of Law, and Westminster Theological Seminary, where he started work on a Master of Theology (ThM) in Church History.
After nine years serving at various levels with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, Jeff joined the staff of the 1,500-member First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem/Grace Church Bethlehem as Associate Pastor for Discipleship and a member of the Senior Staff Team. He helped lead the church through its tumultuous dismissal into ECO: A Covenent Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
In 2017 he transitioned to leading the marketing program of IVP Academic, a division of InterVarsity Press, after Anna was named an Associate Editor at the Press. He created the popular Excursus content marketing channel, which curates content of interest to faculty and readers of Academic books. For three years Jeff led IVP’s presence at major academic conferences including the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion annual meetings.
When the weather permits, he enjoys cycling and walking the family dog (Luna, a miniature Goldendoodle). He’s an avid reader (theology, history, and leadership) who enjoys playing FIFA, watching Liverpool FC and UNC basketball, going for walks, and cooking out with his wife and kids.
One day the Gissing family hopes to return to the Southern United States having now experienced seven (yes, seven!) winters in the Northeast and Midwest.