Jeff and Candace discovered Cadence in 2017 while stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany. They were immediately drawn into that precious community and felt God’s call into full-time ministry. After eight years of service in the Army, Jeff transitioned to the Reserves and they moved to Virginia. They are currently engaged in Partnership Development while Jeff is attending seminary full-time at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. They plan to become hospitality house directors upon graduation in early summer 2022.
Candace became a Christian when she was three years old. She was blessed to have always been in a church and hearing the Word of God regularly. She learned that she desperately needed Christ and wanted His grace and love in her heart. Candace prayed for Him to be her Savior while she was in the back of her mom’s old Plymouth van in the heat of a North Carolina summer. As she’s grown with all the challenges life has thrown at her, God’s presence in her life has grown too. She loves walking with Him each day and seeing what He will do next with her life.
Jeff was also saved at three years old. He remembers attending a children’s concert with his family and having a strong desire to go up during the altar call. His dad brought Jeff up and prayed with him. Jeff knows that it was genuine because God has worked in him throughout his whole life. He was baptized when he was 12 to fulfill Jesus’ command as an outward sign of Jeff’s allegiance to Him. Over the years, God has molded Jeff and changed him into a man that is more patient, humble, and kind than when he was as a teenager and young adult. His redemptive work continues to convict Jeff of his sin and he sees God’s hand in everything he does and experiences.
Jeff was born in New York, and when he was six, he moved to North Carolina with his parents, three sisters, and two brothers. Candace was born and raised in North Carolina by her mom with her older brother and sister and her identical twin. Most of their family is still located on the east coast within five hours of each other. Jeff and Candace were married in 2011 right after she graduated nursing school and before he had completed his studies as an engineer. They have two sweet, energetic sons, Elijah (2013) and Kirk (2015), and another baby on the way in August 2021!