Jeff Pilger

Campus Minister

Growing close to God through meaningful relationships and service opportunities as a teenager inspired Jeff Pilger to begin exploring a life of ministry. Volunteering with Children’s ministries and leading school bible studies were a few things that would eventually lead him to the mission’s field where he first felt the call to ministry.

Jeff served as the pastor of student ministries at Journey Christian Church for 10 years. His focus on relationships and discipleship connected him with students, their families and other local church leaders. He now serves as the youth director at Faith Church in Bellefonte PA, and is planting a Campus One80 club on the campus of Penn State.

Jeff’s heart for people is for spiritual, familial and emotional health, through a dynamic and vibrant relationship with God.  In joining the Campus One80 team at Monroe Community College, Jeff is excited to build relationships, share the gospel and disciple new believers and this generation of new church leaders.

Jeff was raised to know Jesus by his Christian Father who brought him to church faithfully as a boy. A Christian work camp led to great Christian friendships, a love for serving people and a heart for ministry.

“I came here to study the Bible, not meet attractive women,” was Jeff’s first thought of his future wife, Asia in 2001. After dating long distance while Jeff attended Bible college, they were married in January of 2005. About 10 months later their daughter Allison was born. Their son, Liam, was born in 2010.  Being a young family on a budget, Jeff and Asia prayerfully planned on not having any other children. God, though had much different ideas for them and in 2018, Lauren was born.

Jeff has a B.S. in church ministries with an emphasis on youth from Cairn University in Philadelphia, PA.

He has furthered his ministry education through Jeanne Mayo’s Cadre, a youth leader coaching ministry.