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Jeff Deardorff

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     Jeff was born and raised in Philadelphia. During his college years, while a music major, he studied voice for a year at the Vienna Conservatory of Music in Austria. After graduating college, he taught music for two years in a mission school in Tehran, Iran. It was there that he first met Rose, his wife, who was also teaching in the same school. While pursuing part time theological studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon, Jeff was led by God to pursue a career in fulltime ministry. He then graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA with a Doctorate in Ministry and was ordained in 1977.

     Jeff and Rose thaen spent two years in service as missionaries in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where they taught music in the Chinese-Indonesian Church, ministered to ex-political prisoners, and in evangelical efforts helped establish and build several churches.

     Upon their return to the U.S., they settled in Roanoke, VA, where Jeff pastored in a historic church. Among many other challenges, he also led several presbytery partnerships in work throughout Central America. Both of their daughters, Heather and Sarah, were born during that perioed in their lives.

     In 1986, Jeff received a call to come to a 3000 member church in Arlington Heights, IL., where he served as the pastor of evangelism and missions and coordinator of pastoral care. He spent twenty five years building up local and international missions, reaching out and establishing community missions, inviting many to church, pastoring all generations, performing over 100 wedidngs and twice as many funerals., and preaching several times a month. Jeff set up a special and enduring relationship with partners in the Dominican Republic which is still multiplying from the efforts he exerted.

     We are very happy to have Pastor Jeff here at Range Line as our designated pastor.

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