“God causes all things to work together for good for those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purposes”. That verse from scripture has always been a favorite to Jeff but in the last few years it has come to have far more powerful and special meaning.
In the fall of 2011, after many months of declining health and numerous trips to several doctors, Jeff was diagnosed with Addisons disease. Addisons is a disease affecting the adrenal system whose most debilitating symptoms are perpetual exhaustion and loss of muscle strength. For some, but not all, simple prescription meds ease the symptoms considerably. Unfortunately for Jeff, this has not happened.
Having been a pastor, cabinetmaker and avid outdoorsman most of his life, Jeff found adjusting to life on a couch to be particularly painful and discouraging challenge. Partly from determination and partly to distract him from the pain of the situation, he found himself sitting in his garage thinking there must be something he could do.
For several years before he became ill he had been collection oddly shaped pieces of mesquite roots he found while deer hunting in Eastern New Mexico. All of his life he's been fascinated by and collected antlers. (Jeff has never outgrown little boy tendacies to drag home strange things!!!) Out of his desperation to do something..... To do anything... He began spending a little time each day with the strength he had cutting up antlers to make crosses and cleaning up mesquite roots on which to display them.
Two years and literally countless hours later... Well, as they say, the rest is history.
Jeff hopes his art will illustrate a number of Scriptural truths, but above all else he hopes the viewer will recognize the following. These pieces of mesquite are quite ugly when found. They and antlers, which for the most part are naturally shed, were both destined to rot where they lay.
Regardless of the ugliness of your situation, be it sin or circumstance, you have a Savior who wants to transform that ugliness into something of beauty and value. He wants, through the power of the cross, to reclaim, revive, renew and repurpose your life. Jeff would love to visit with you about this.
Jeff's art is just one part of multi-faceted ministry he is working toward with writing and speaking being two more. He hopes to put more focus on these latter two in the very near future. He plans to soon have a Facebook page dedicated to his ministry and invites you to send him a friend request. Search for Jeff Staton and look for a photo of the camo clad happy couple. He can also be reached by phone at 806-202-1196 or through email at email@example.com
Jeff is a graduate of Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, Howard Payne University in Brownwood Texas and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been pastor of several Baptist churches in Texas including Key Heights Baptist Church in Perryton. For the last 5 years he has served as “temporary” pastor at the Perryton Mennonite Church.
He and his wife D'Lora live 3.5 miles north of Waka, Texas. They have 6 children and a son-n-law. Four of their children are gown (sort of) and two are still home. Of the two at home, Sadie is a sophomore at Perryton High School and the youngest, Nettie, is home schooled.
Jeff would appreciate your prayers. His physical condition has not changed. Each day is a battle with exhaustion and severe weakness. While he still prays for healing he believes strongly that God has allowed and is using this condition for His glory. And he agrees with the apostle Paul who concluded, “God's grace is sufficient”!!!