Jess was born in Belleville, New Jersey and grew up in both Bloomfield and Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
After making poor decisions as a teenager, Jess entered Teen Challenge, a faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Syracuse, New York. While in the program, Jess felt called into full time ministry and ended up at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. That’s the short story! Jess also has two master degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He also studied for one year at Harvard University to complete one of his masters. He is the author of The Discipleship Dare: Living Dangerously for God.
Jess, and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Harford County Maryland in 2009 to start a community-based organization called: Good Cause in Havre de Grace, MD. Out of his investment in the community through efforts of Good Cause, he and a team launched Restore Church on 09.11.2011 with 239 people! The church is currently located at the Good Cause Commutiy Center (616 Ontario St., Havre de Grace, MD). His wife is a licensed graduate marriage and family therapist at F.A.C.T.S. in Forest Hill, MD.
Jess and Elizabeth live in Havre de Grace with their child, Caleb!