His ministry passions include expository preaching of the Word of God, equipping and mobilizing believers for the work of ministry, training the next generation of pastors and elders in the church, as well as teaching theology and the Biblical languages in the church.
Jerod and his wife Sarah have been married for 14 years and have three girls, Hailey, Madelyn, and Maisy. Jerod enjoys time with the family; learning languages; spending time with Muslims; reading thick, dense books of theology; traveling; the Boston Red Sox; In-N-Out burgers; and big cups of strong, black coffee.
He holds a B.A. in English literature with a minor in Japanese from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Gateway Seminary in Ontario, California.
Favorite book: “The Justification of God” by John Piper
Inspired by: Athanasius, Augustine, the Reformers, John MacArthur and John Piper
Favorite quote: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” John Piper
Life purpose statement: I exist for the imperial majesty of Jesus Christ and for the glory of His invincible, sovereign empire.
He made a public confession of faith in 1978 at the Presbyterian church in Coalport, Pennsylvania. He has been a volunteer youth leader, worship team leader, small group leader, and men’s group leader in places such as Minot, North Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Schwedelback, Germany; and Yorktown, Virginia. He has taken about 90 credit hours of seminary courses from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has been leading a home group for more than 12 years and has been an elder for more than 10 years.
He attended University of Texas at Arlington and received his Texas Architectural License in 1981. He has retired from a long career as an architect and in construction management.
He served in the U.S Army and is a Vietnam War veteran. His personal interests are his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as his love of wood turning, woodcarving and ukulele music.
Larry was the director of SIL's Indonesia Branch for six years, and SIL's Asia area director for nine years (1998-2007). His assignment with the Seed Company began in 2008, where he currently serves as senior vice president. In addition to leadership responsibilities, Larry and Linda continue in their roles as Bible translation and linguistics consultants for Bible translators in Indonesia.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in Classical Greek, and a Ph.D. In humanities with concentration in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Yawa New Testament was dedicated in June 2011, with all glory going to God and credit also to the perseverance of Linda and Mandowen Rawai, the chief Yawa translator.
The Joneses have three adult children—Nathan, who lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Charity and works for Amazon. They have two daughters—Hazel and Maryn. Caleb, married to Kristin, is a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Charis is a nurse practitioner in Wichita, Kansas, with her family physician husband, Joshua, and baby daughter, Joia.
After serving for 25 years with the Wycliffe Bible Translators, first in Sudan, later in Kenya and also in Dallas, they made a major career change and went into real estate. They started a property management company and have helped people invest in real estate.
The Van Rooys have three girls, all married, and nine grandchildren -- soon to be 10 (and maybe a few more after that). They have been involved in CCBC since the mid-90s. Steve currently serves as the chairman of the missions committee.