Jeff Jernigan — Board Member
Jeff Jernigan has been involved with Olive Branch International since its inception in various roles as a founding board member, legal advisor, and ministry consultant. His military roots extend through three generations of combat experienced Marines; his father serving in World War II, his service in Vietnam, and his sons’ service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michael and Daniel Jernigan are both career Marine Officers and Keith Kelly, son-in-law, is a career Air Force Officer.
Jeff continued in his career as a pastor, missionary, and counselor and currently serves as Senior Pastor for Corona Friends Church in Southern California. A Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, he also serves as Director for The Rock Life Coaching and Counseling Center, as well as co-founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers International® and President of the Men’s Division. He has served previously with Bruce Kittleson, OBI President and Founder, in military ministries in the USA and Europe and shared in the Russian adventure in 1992 that helped give birth to OBI.
Jeff grew up in a churched family in California but did not understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until a Navy Chaplain explained the gospel to him as a young Marine. Placing his faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, Jeff identified a call to ministry and pursued bible school and seminary preparation for ministry. Jeff met his wife Nancy when they both worked for Focus on the Family. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
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