Hi, I am Jeff…this is how a friend described me when I ask him to write me a bio…let me know if this at all resembles me in the comments below…if you already know me, then you might want to go about your day because this might seem redundant…
Jeff Knight is the lead pastor of The Rock Church, a large and innovative family of believers in Monroe, Washington. But pastoral ministry is Jeff’s “day” job. His other job and his secondary passion in life is stock car racing. In fact, Jeff is a professional NASCAR driver.
Jeff became the lead pastor of “The Rock” in 2000 when his parents were tragically killed in a plane crash off the coast of California while returning from a missionary trip to Mexico. Joe and Linda Knight had established The Rock Church when Jeff was just a boy. But as the church grew under Joe and Linda’s guidance, Jeff also grew in the knowledge and the favor of God. And under tragic circumstances, Jeff assumed responsibility for the church shortly after his parents’ death.
Like most other people, Jeff has suffered his share of pain in life. But Jeff lives to win; he does not dwell in the past and he takes no satisfaction in merely surviving. In fact, he hates to perform below his potential. In his personal life, in his ministry, and on the racetrack, Jeff lives “full throttle” and he lives to win. He strives to achieve every goal God has set before him, and he tries to impact as many lives as possible while pursuing the prize. This explains why Jeff leaves his pastoral study every weekend to get his hands dirty in the real world. This explains why he leaves the familiarity of his church environment to purposely place himself within a subculture of people who are often removed from faith, yet who need the love of God.
Through the way he lives, the way he wins, the way he conducts himself within the racing world, and even the way he loses, Jeff is winning hearts and changing lives while steering people to the Lord and to his church. And through the way he presents the Gospel when the opportunity arises, Jeff is winning souls, too, and building a congregation of others who do the same. In fact, The Rock is a soul-winning factory and a fast-paced school of personal discipleship.
Along with his wife, Melinda, and his daughter, Seven Addison, Jeff is showing his congregants how to live triumphantly and with God’s favor in every aspect of their lives, and he is equipping them and supporting them as they impact those in their own assigned areas of influence. Conducting himself as an unabashed representative of Christ while on the racetrack, Jeff is commanding the respect of those inside and outside his church who formerly questioned his “double” lifestyle. By winning at ministry, therefore, Jeff is reproducing his own talents hundreds of times over in others. And by winning at life, Jeff is drawing individuals to Christ and influencing both his community and a subculture of American life that few believers can affect.
So there ya have it. That’s me. I want to add value to your life and help leaders who build better things.