Jeff Ruggles

Jeff grew up near Flint, Michigan. He felt a call to ministry at the age of 16, but the traditional route was not what God had in store. Jeff graduated from High School and enrolled at Indiana Wesleyan University as a ministry student. During his first semester he discovered he had dyslexia. Thinking that God must have had a different ministry other than pastoral ministry, Jeff left college and headed toward the job market. Soon after, Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Kate, and they moved to Virginia Beach, VA where he got a job as a sleep technician, performing medical sleep studies in a hospital sleep lab. When he was not working, he was volunteering in his local church. He worked as a youth leader and got involved in a church plant in Virginia Beach. About four years after moving to Virginia, Jeff's call to the ministry resurfaced and he felt God urging him to reexamine the possibility of pastoral ministry. This led Jeff to take an internship with New Hope Wesleyan Church in Williston, North Dakota. He interned there for one year, when the church down the road, Watford City Wesleyan Church found themselves in need of a pastor and Steve Norby, the pastor of New Hope at the time, felt that Jeff would be a good candidate. Jeff became the lead pastor of Watford City Wesleyan, now CrossPoint Church, for nine years. He left CrossPoint Church in 2018 and has been serving as the Pastor of the GracePoint Church in Watertown for the past two years.