When Jeff and Shelly began serving as Awana missionaries in 1993, they chose Acts 4:12 as their mission verse, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Jeff grew up in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Montana (military family). Shelly is a native Montanan. Their paths crossed while attending Bible college, and they were married on October 9, 1982.
While serving in a community Bible church, Jeff and Shelly saw how God was using Awana to bring boys and girls to Himself. God began tugging at their hearts to become more involved with ministry to children on a broader scale. After eleven years in the church, their ministry focus changed as God led them in a new direction.
God has blessed Jeff and Shelly with seven children, three sons-in-law, two grandchildren and one fiancé. All seven of the Kessler kids earned the Citation Award, Awana’s highest honor.
Psalm 119:11: “Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”