KAYSVILLE – Often when a pastor is called to serve a congregation, they must introduce themselves to members and to the community.
That’s not the case with the Rev. Tommy Jeffcott, who was recently called as senior pastor of Kaysville Bible Church, 181 N. Flint Street.
Jeffcott has served the church for six years as associate pastor. His duties focused on the church’s youth.
In addition to having served as associate pastor, Jeffcott served an internship at the church as part of his graduate studies in 2005.
“I had a relationship with the church and they had come to trust me,” he said. “They already had me in mind,” when he was brought on board in the associate position, he said.
Even before his internship, the young pastor knew about Utah.
“I spent much of my life growing up in Cedar City,” where his father has pastored a congregation for more than 20 years.
“In fact, I find it very appealing to be back in Utah,” he said, describing it as a good place to raise a family, better than other places he’s lived, he said.
Family is important to Jeffcott, and not just his own wife and daughter, but the family that it his congregation.
“My relationship with the church can best be described as a family relationship,” he said. “I’m in love with the people here,” he said, adding he’s looking forward to a long relationship with members.
“I’d love to see the kids who are 1 and 2 years old through the full spectrum of their lives, seeing them graduate and performing their marriages,” he said.
However, he also recognizes that as the years go by, he also must be sensitive to what the Lord wants for him and the congregation.
“As long as we have a vital, active ministry here, I’d love to see that happen.”
Perhaps the church’s name, Kaysville Bible Church best describes the church’s vision of what the congregation should be doing in the community.
“One of our core values is the systematic study of God’s word,” Jeffcott said. “Everything we do, be it in Sunday School or a midweek meeting is focused on Bible study,” he said. “The Bible is our final authority.”
Jeffcott’s teachings center around equipping members with a knowledge of the Bible to share with others in the community.
“Our church sees this as a great opportunity to reach out,” he said.
The church celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. Many of its longtime members work at Hill AFB in civil service positions, Jeffcott said. Younger members are involved in the technology industry, working as programmers, IT specialists and web designers, he said.
While the church has about 100 members, between 150 to 175 people worship with the congregation weekly.
“Our view of membership is we ask, ‘if you’re committed, how would you like to be involved,’” Jeffcott said. “We don’t want our members to be limited to Sundays,” he said. “We’re very much a bonded community of believers.”
That means members help each other through the week, much like Jeffcott believes the early Christians did when they were facing persecution.
While much of Jeffcott’s ministry will be built on what former pastor, the Rev. Steve Mix taught, Jeffcott will put his own stamp on it by involving the young families who attend more.
Already groups for young married couple and young parents, as well as a group for those in their 20s and 30s are seeing increasing participation.
Membership is split about 50-50 between younger and older members, he said.