Jeffry L Zakrzewski

Jeffry L Zakrzewski

College of Arts and Sciences

PhD in Ministry, Leadership and Spiritual Formation - George Fox University, OR
M.Div. in Theology, History, and Pastoral Studies - Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, VA
B.A. in Drawing, Acrylic Painting, and History - University of Toledo, OH     

About Jeffry L. Zakrzewski

Jeff has served as an adjunct instructor at GCU since 2010 where he teaches undergraduate and graduate studies in spiritual formation, Christian worldview, and university success. He is an ordained and licensed minister whose personal journey is filled with 32 years of people development including strategic outreach, discipleship, relational ministry and leadership training.

From planting a church to turning around struggling congregations Jeff has traveled and addressed nationally and internationally over 2600 groups in 40 states and 16 countries around the world. Jeff has pastored in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio and ministered with three different parachurch ministries. In addition to teaching Jeff is also the Director of Being Me Ministries which focuses on providing resources for living the Godlife.

He holds a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH), Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary (Lynchburg, VA) where he was the Theological Student of the Year, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland.

Jeff also has invested in 500 couples over the last 30 years through marriage seminars, classes, retreats, and weddings. He has been married to Julie for 30 years with two children: Jeffry Jr. (29 years old) and Janelle (26 years old). They are the proud grandparents of two girls, Isabella and Sophia.

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Jeff enjoys sports, reading, writing, shopping with Julie, and graphic art. He and his wife live in Sumner, Washington under the shadow of majestic Mt. Rainier and the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Purpose in my life has always been directly related to the relational interaction of teaching. The online platform is remarkably interactive and purposeful. Every post is a record of a unique person's thoughts and expressions that stimulate deeper discussions. Each interaction reaches past the printed word into the minds of students across the country creating a purposeful exchange of ideas. I find it exciting and a privilege to participate within this online community setting.

What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
One of the most effective ways to communicate and create presence is through visual connectors. In the online setting I have established visual connectors through the use of pictures in the discussion forums and Jing videos for assignments. "A picture is worth a thousand words" so the inclusion of photos with my posting communicates as a tandem with my verbal responses. The Jing videos provide the opportunity to verbally walk a student through an assignment while actually showing the steps visually. Presence is then created through the voice and visual as if we were in a physical classroom.

What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
In Christian Worldview I encounter students who have adopted a different worldview than the Christian perspective. I work hard to create a positive atmosphere in the class for sharing and welcoming a non-Christian perspective. This is a wonderful opportunity for the exchange and challenging of different ideas. One student and I personally challenged one another through the sharing of books that represented the different perspectives. I obtained books that he suggested and then I bought him several books and mailed them to him as a gift. My openness and example to continue to learn has stimulated an ongoing relationship that has fostered academic openness.