My grandsons, Isaiah and Jeremiah, are blessings from the Lord. They are 12 and 11 years old, respectively, who their parents are raising to be young men of God first and extraordinary student-athletes with a wide range of other interests. The Lord has provided a window of opportunity to sow directly into their spiritual formation during our drives to and from their school. They attend a particular school, Winner Circle Academy (WCA) in Corona, emphasizing academic and athletic programming. As student-athletes, they work out on speed, strength, agility, and sports-specific training with former D-1 and professional athletes/coaches in the morning and perform their school/academic work in the afternoons.
At the end of 2020, I was in conversation with the leadership of the school. I shared with them that I believed the Lord placed our family at this school, during this season, for more than just our boys attending classes. We spoke about lasting values and character ideals that the school administration wanted to ensure were being developed within the student body and modeled by staff and faculty. I received an invitation to lead an after school Bible study program open to all students. Winner Circle Academy is not a Christian school but is a school led by courageous leaders who were not afraid to make the program available on an optional basis. Parents must complete permission forms to sign their children up to attend. Fifteen to twenty students (and growing) attend every Monday and Wednesday after school. As we approach the end of the school year, the children can now recite the Ten Commandments (in order), the Fruit of the Spirit, the books of the Bible, Psalms 23 and 91, understand God’s plan for salvation, and the authority of the believer. They lead their peers down Roman’s road to Christ. Based on word of mouth, a parent shared that three new families are enrolling to attend the school next semester, with the Bible study being the kicker that clinched it for them!
Not only was I asked to lead the student Bible study, but as the school administration became aware of my business, LPU faculty, and pastoral background, they asked me to conduct a weekly session with staff. This session is a Christ-centered, Bible-based leadership development/devotion/Bible study following their Friday staff meetings.
I believe that as we become intentional in looking for open doors of unconventional opportunity and dare to walk through them, the Lord will use us mightily to impact our “worlds,” the spheres of influence in which he privileges us to navigate, for His glory.
Professor Jeffrey Bird
Jeffrey Bird serves in the Business and Mass Communications Department teaching a range of introductory and upper-level business courses. Prior to serving at Life Pacific University, Jeffrey was an assistant professor at Vanguard University. Jeffrey is a business executive, international motivational speaker, Interdenominational teacher/preacher, and professional life coach. He also served as the Associate Pastor for Zoe Christian Fellowship in Whittier, Executive Director of Antioch Missions International, the CFO for the Foursquare Church Denomination, as well as Chief Operating Officer for the Union Rescue Mission. Prior to vocational ministry, Jeffrey served in the corporate arena for 15 plus years, most recently as an executive for the Walt Disney Company at the "Happiest Place on Earth." Additionally, Jeffrey is a former U.S. Army Officer, completing the ROTC program at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Rutgers University and has completed coursework in both USC's Executive and LSUS' MBA programs (degree completion, May 2021). He successfully passed the CPA exam and currently serves or has served on several boards including Antioch Missions International, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, the One OC, and the Fair Housing Council of Orange County.
Originally from the Philadelphia/South Jersey area (an avid Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Flyers fan), Jeffrey currently resides with his wife, Charale, in Mission Viejo, Ca. They have two adult daughters and two grandsons.