Bio

Jeff Warren

me“Grace. Phillip Yancey calls it the last best word.  For me, it’s life itself.  I tell people I have one message, I just present it in different ways- it’s the message of God’s forgiveness.  I think it’s the cry of every heart: to live forgiven.  This blog is just one more chance for me to share how you can experience the grace of God and actually live forgiven.”- jw
Jeff is a husband, father, pastor, writer, artist, musician who loves the beach, the sunset, Carolina basketball, flip flops, kids, triathlons, his family, and Jesus. He believes the church Jesus envisioned was actually a revolution, not an institution. Graceless Christians make him crazy and He understands why some people have had a hard time finding Jesus in a religion that bears His name.  Jeff says he has one message (he just preaches it in a lot of different ways) – that’s the message that everyone can live forgiven.
The trajectory of his life was forever changed when Jeff gave his heart to Christ. Growing up in the church and being involved in Young Life and Campus Crusade helped him grow spiritually. He received a Masters in Theology from Southwestern Seminary and a Doctorate in Apologetics (a fancy word for answering tough questions – or better yet, he now thinks he knows what the questions are).
Jeff served as a youth minister in North Carolina and Texas and as a married adult minister, men’s minister, associate pastor and served 11 years as the pastor of FBC McKinney. He is currently having a blast serving as the pastor of the Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.
Jeff’s greatest love on earth is his wife, Stacy, and without a doubt, his favorite thing to do is spend time with his twin daughters and his son (they make him laugh).  Jeff is a triathlete and says his “therapy” is to be out with good friends training for his next race.  He’s humbled by every opportunity he has to talk about His best friend, Jesus.

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  1. Jeff,
    My husband and I have recently joined this church and I look forward to meeting you and your wife. I am catching up on your prolific writings and at this time all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been brought to tears by most of what I have read…..touched my heart actually. God has blessed you with a wonderful gift…..probably many more that I’m not aware of yet.
    With such a large congregation, it becomes impossible to know everyone…..and we may not get to know you……but I am so honored that we have been led to this church and I look forward to your sermons and the wrtings yet to come. This church seems to be what our lives should be about….striving to be more like Jesus everyday and taking care of each
    other.

  2. I have heard of people “prayer walking” in cities that were dark and lost. I have prayer walked around McKinney schools before. When Grant received your call about Stacy I began my prayer walking around the streets and subways of Washington DC. I have never walked so much on a vacation in all of my life but I know why it was required of me. It served two purposes. The most obvious, of course, to see everything I had waited my lifetime to see so that all of those history lessons would finally make sense to me. The second, and definitely the most important, was to pray for your precious Stacy with each step I took. Constantly on my mind, in my heart, breaking my heart, were the faces of your sweet family traveling down this road no one should have to travel. I would feel despair one moment, then indescribable hope the next…and on and on it went. I know you have been on such a roller coaster that none of us can imagine. Your life’s testimony is pushing you forward and in turn it does the same for those of us on the outside looking in. The Byrd family desires to be here for you Jeff, Stacy, Emily, Whitney and Travis. I may not be walking the streets of DC anymore, but I have not stopped praying!!
    I love you 5, Jill Byrd

  3. Stacy,
    You may not remember me, but I was the librarian at White Rock Elementary. I remember you girls fondly. In November, I will mark my 19th year as breast cancer survivor. I hope that this will be an encouragement to you. I will be praying for you and your precious family.
    Love in Him,
    Carol Hagler

  4. Stacy,

    Hi. I am Adam Lowder’s mom. I just want you to know that you have been in our prayers since we heard about this. Your family is such a blessing to us and so many others. If you ever need a friend to talk to, I hope you will get my number from Whitney and give me a call. I have been through SO much medically and would love to help you through some of your hard days if you would let me.

    You are a strong lady and I know you are going to be okay. But I also know how hard this must be for you. I am always here if you ever need a friend to go have lunch with or come over and cook dinner for you and your family. Just let me know. I think the world of you and your family. Adam and Whitney are best friends and I think she is just an amazing young lady.

    I will be checking to see if there is anything I can do for you or your family. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Your Sister In Christ,

    Shelley Lowder

  5. Pastor Jeff and Stacy, you two mean a lot to our family so it is with pleasure that we are able to pray for your family during this time of change. I know that when great things are done is His name, for His glory, comes challenges and that is the way that I choose to look at this situation.

    I pray that we are a family that you can lean on.

    In His Name,
    Courtney

  6. Stacy, I am so glad you get to enjoy the campus visit today. It looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous day….speaking of gorgeous, you looked wonderful yesterday at church! You are an inspiration to us all, and hopefully, we can be to you as well. Love you, Jill

  7. I am so proud of you. I am most proud of how you care for your wife. Here in Youngstown, families are crumbling from the inside out. There are very few examples of sacrificial grace living. Thank you for your pastoral example of loving your wife as Christ loves the church. What a blessing you are to our family. Keep pressing on the upward way!

  8. As I read through Stacy’s journey via your blog, I was constantly aware of your difficult journey and the encouragement you have been to her, your children, and our membership. God has truly blessed each of us through your book, your words, and your prayers.

    Looking forward to the second decade of The Warren Era.
    Jean J.

  9. INDEED, CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY, KEEP SHINNING THE LIGHT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE…

  10. Jeff,
    My dear friend–and my pastor–Jim Denison told me yesterday that you are the new Sr. Pastor for PCBC.Congratulations.Jim said nothing but superlative things about you.Ten years ago Jim,myself,and Skip Ryan of PC Presbyterian formed a covenant group to deepen our relationships,encourage each other,and hold each other accountable as we try to navigate pastoring Park Cities churches without selling out.We’ve expanded the group over the years–adding 3 others–,and want to invite you to join us.We meet for lunch every other Monday.I’ll contact you with more details after you’re in the saddle.Again,CONGRATULATIONS!!


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