Introducing Jeff Young

Executive Pastor Candidate

A Note from Pastor Jarrett

Champion Forest Church Family,

I am so excited about the possibility of Jeff Young serving as the next Executive Pastor for Champion Forest Baptist Church.

I have known Jeff for nearly fifteen years and had the privilege of working closely by his side for over a decade while in North Dallas. He is a man of integrity, a hard worker, a faithful minister, and someone who loves Jesus and his family deeply. This Executive Pastor position is critical in helping me fulfill my roles and responsibilities in leading the church as well as ensuring that we are moving forward as an organization in a spiritually healthy and strategic way. Since my calling to serve as your pastor nearly nine months ago, this has been an item at the top of my prayer list and God in a way that only he could has answered this prayer. I am also very grateful to have the support of our Personnel Committee who has had an opportunity to speak with Jeff and pray with me about this decision.

To get to know Jeff a bit better, we have included the above interview on this site. Please watch and get a feel for who he is and the unique leadership and experience he brings with him. Jeff will be at our Night of Worship on September 15 and will be available after the service to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to you meeting Jeff and God-willing, introducing him as our next Executive Pastor in the weeks to come.


Pastor Jarrett

A Note From Jeff Young

Champion Forest family,

Carol and I are grateful for the possibility of joining you in impacting Northwest Houston with the hope of Christ! As we have visited with Pastor Jarrett, many of your Team members and your Personnel Committee, we sense God is doing something extremely special in and through the Champion Forest family. The energy and enthusiasm for reaching people, discipling people and connecting them with a Life Group where they can be is exciting and it is contagious!

We have known and heard of the influence of Champion Forest for decades. In a real way, the possibility of building on this strong foundation, serving with the Stephens and your incredible Ministry Team seems like a dream. We look forward to meeting you soon. Blessings!


Jeff Young

About Jeff Young

Jeff Young is a self-motivated team-builder and adept problem solver with over 30 years of pastoral leadership. His favorite leadership axiom is: "Trust and truth-telling are inseparably linked, but trust is the highest value in leadership."

He is passionate about creating a work environment that includes a clear vision path, synergy and ministry alignment while not micromanaging teams and leaders.


Jeff graduated from Baylor University in Waco with a BBA in Marketing. He then received his master's degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Ministry Highlights

Jeff has served at many great churches through the years. His first role in ministry was as Executive Pastor at North Ft. Worth Baptist Church, where he was ordained in 1989. He then served as Minister of Education at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama (1993-1995). His next ministry role was as Minister to Married Adults at First Baptist Church, in Norfolk, Virginia (1995-1997).

From 1997 - 2004, he served as Executive Pastor at North Richland Hills Baptist Church in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex and then at Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas as Executive Pastor alongside Dr. Ronnie Floyd. (2004-2008)

As Minister of Spiritual Development at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas (2008-2020), Jeff led the Global Spiritual Development Team which included Children, Student, and Adult Ministries. He helped design a creative, age-appropriate experience for children and students on the weekend where they could encounter Christ and develop their relationship with Him. Jeff also led the creation of a 6-session discipleship guide for adult believers, and directed the process of designing Adult Group curriculum, which was shared with churches across the country. One of his greatest accomplishments was the creation and implementation of Prestonwood's leader development strategy, which included brief monthly equipping videos and the annual Leadership Summit with 2000 volunteer leaders participating.