Jeff Lander has served as an associate with Paraclete in the Pacific Northwest since 2018. Prior to his time with Paraclete, Jeff served in a variety of ministry positions over the last 27 years, including the local church (in New England and the Pacific Northwest) as a pastor to children and youth and as a worship pastor.
Jeff’s primary missions experience includes serving 11 years on staff with Children of the Nations International, a ministry focused on caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. As a missionary with COTN, he served in roles overseeing short-term mission teams and as the international spiritual care director. He developed the department from the ground up, strategizing, forming standards of service, managing staff, fundraising for development work and creating opportunities for children and staff to receive a variety of biblical programs.
Jeff’s real passion is connecting ministry leaders with one another to create synergy and strengthen ministry efforts to accomplish the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. He enjoys listening to, encouraging, and providing coaching and counsel to ministry leaders who have endured years of service to the King.
Additionally, Jeff loves to help ministry leaders find ways to rest, recreate, and rejuvenate. He often does this by providing outdoor adventures for Christian leaders and their families to promote relationship building between leaders and their children. There’s nothing like spending a day in God’s creation to rest and speak life into a worn-out leader.
Above all, his greatest joy is helping ministry leaders thrive and “win,” knowing that when ministry leaders “win,” God ultimately gets the glory.
Jeff is married to Connie, his lovely bride of 25 years. They have two sons, Benjamin and Nathan. Together, their family is involved in their church, their community, and in loving one another.