Jeff and Monica Fife

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Introduction

Jefferson Davis Fife was born in Brazil, December 23, 1965, son of Tom and Libby Fife. Monica Mnahas Nascente was born in Brazil, October 13, 1969, daughter of Odelmo Manhas Nascente and Elzi Manhas Nascente. Jeff and Monica were married in Brazil, January 7, 1989. Their first son, Roger Manhas Fife, was born in Brazil, April 30, 1993. Their second son, Isaac Manhas Fife, was born in Salem, MA, June 16, 1997.

Jeff grew up in a family of missionaries, being literally raised in the Brazilian Church of Christ (Christian). By 1980, he was playing lead guitar in the Shalom Gospel Group. He first came to the United States in September 1981 with his parents, one of his three brothers and one of his two sisters. During the following year, the five of them traveled the country visiting churches, raising funds, and receiving donations of instruments to start the Hallelujah Gospel Group in Brazil. From 1982 to 1984, Jeff worked with this muscial group as well as with Agape Ministries. In 1984, he was drafted and served one year in the Brazilian Army.

In 1985, Jeff came to the United States to do a one-year course of sound engineering and radio broadcasting at the Christian Voice of Central Ohio (WCVO and WCVZ radio stations). This course of study was a gift of Paul "Pat" Patterson, president of the enterprise at that time. Returning to Brazil in 1986, Jeff worked as a program director for Radio Universal, a Christian station in Goiania

In 1988, Jeff was invited by his future father-in-law, Odelmo Manhas Nascente, a Brazilian pastor, to work in Sao Paulo with the evangelist Mission (AME-TO LOVE) Gospel group. Subsequently, in 1992, Jeff and his father-in-law started, with six members, a church called Community of Christ in Sao Paulo. Jeff who studied theological education by extension (TEE) with his father, Tom Fife, was set apart as elder by the congregation in Sao Paulo. Later, on September 17, 1994, when Jeff and Monica felt called to work in the United States, the Community of Christ congregation in Sao Paulo had nearly two hundred members and was finishing construction of a building.

The intention of Jeff and Monica was to return to work in Ohio, but God had other plans for them. In southern New England alone there are close to one-half Brazilians and other Portuguese speakers. By June 1994, Jeff and Monica were starting a new congregation in [[Peabody, Massachusetts] (on the north shore of the Boston metropolitan area). In the Peabody area, there are more than 10,000 Brazilians and other Portuguese-speaking individuals, and at that time there was no Portuguese-language church.

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Objective

God has been very gracious to us and has used us for His honor and glory throughout our lives, as individuals and as a family. The work in the Portuguese-Speaking world it is a blessing, especially in the location where we have been working in Brazil. God has helped us to disciple and train new Christians to work in His Kingdom, and at present we are able to coordinate the work from a distance, as we have done with the work in Mozambique and have aided the work in Angola, Guinea Bissau and Portugal. Mostly our work is in assisting with discipleship material, short term mission trips, advice and raising funds to do the work. The men in Brazil have caught the vision and are planning to plant 15 more churches in the next 10 years. We have men ready to lead the churches, to continue with the Bible College, preparing new ministers for the new churches that will be planted in the future.

As I pursue studies at Emmanuel, my wife Monica is studying at Milligan College; we are seeking more knowledge to better serve our Lord and His Kingdom more efficiently. We continue to coordinate (Brazil River of Life Ministries). Our work consists in writing weekly discipleship material, one article for the monthly journal (these materials are used in churches throughout the Portuguese-Speaking World - more than 600 churches receive and use this material), a monthly leadership meeting by Skype, give advice when needed by e-mail or phone, make an annual mission trip (at least two months in length) to Brazil, visit churches in the USA, raise funds as much as possible for the work to continue in the Portuguese-Speaking world, and function as executive director for the ministry in the USA.

Personal information

Born in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil in December 23, 1965, to Tom and Libby Fife (missionaries for over 50 years). Grew up as a Missionary Kid, being raised (literally) in the Brazilian Christian Church/Church of Christ.

Married to Monica in Brazil in January 7, 1989.

Have two sons: Roger was born in Brazil in April 30, 1993, and Isaac was born in Massachusetts in June 16, 1997.

Jeff, Roger and Isaac have dual citizenship (USA and Brazilian) and Monica has a Green Card.

Education

1980-1984 – Associate Degree in Bible, at Central Christian College (A Restoration Movement College) in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.

1985-1986 – A one-year course in sound engineering and radio broadcasting at The Christian Voice of Central Ohio in Columbus, Ohio.

1998-2001 – BA Degree in Bible with the major in Preaching, at Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

2007-2008 – MBA Degree with a major in Leadership, Jundiai Business School in Jundiai, Sao Paulo.

2010-2011 – Currently studying at Emmanuel School of Religion, pursuing the Master of Divinity Degree.

Ministry Experience

1966-1988 – Member of North Goiania Christian Church/Church of Christ in Goiania, Goias.

1979-1988 – Worship Leader, Guitar Player and Evangelist at North Goiania Christian Church/Church of Christ in Goiania, Goias.

1984 – Separated to the Christian Ministry by the Elders of North Goiania Christian Church/Church of Christ in Goiania, Goias.

1985-1986 – Program Director and DJ at WCVO FM 105, Christian Voice of Central Ohio, in Columbus, Ohio.

1986-1987 – Program Director and DJ at Goiania Christian Radio Station in Goiania, Goias.

1988-1991 – Worship Leader, Guitar Player, Sound Engineer and Evangelist with the Evangelistic Missionary Association in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.

1991-1994 – Helped plant Pirituba Christian Church/Church of Christ at this church, and served as Worship Leader, Elder, Associate Minister and Youth Minister.

1991 – Ordained to the Christian Ministry by the Elders of Pirituba Christian Church/Church of Christ in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.

1994 – Ordained to the Christian Ministry by the Elders of the First Christian Church in Friendsville, Maryland. Jeff was ordained in the USA to be recognized by the American Government so he could work as a minister in the USA.

1994-1998 – Planted a Portuguese-Speaking Christian Church/Church of Christ in Peabody, Massachusetts. This church was planted with 3 members in 1994; by 1998 the church had 103 members; today it has over 400 members. From 1994 to 1998 Jeff baptized 53 new converts at this church.

1998-2001 – Deacon and Worship Leader at Seymour Heights Christian Church in Seymour, Tennessee.

2000 – Established Brazil River of Life Ministries (Mission: Reach the Portuguese-Speaking world for Jesus Christ. Vision: Reach the lost through Evangelism, mentoring and equipping through Discipleship, to Plant New Churches). Moved back to Brazil December, 2001.

2001-2011 – Missionary to Brazil. During this time in Brazil Jeff helped plant 11 churches and help restore 8 churches that were dying in Brazil. Promoted over 200 Evangelistic events and baptized over 200 new converts. Wrote a discipleship program to be used by new converts and newcomers from other churches that is in use today in over 600 Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the Portuguese-Speaking world.

2001-2004 – Senior Minister at Pirituba Christian Church/Church of Christ in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. During this time the church went from 66 members to 180, and baptized 52 new converts.

2003, 2005 and 2009 – Mission Trips to Mozambique. Jeff helps oversee the missionary work in Mozambique where Kleber and Juracema (Brazilian missionaries) have worked since 1996. In Mozambique they have planted 58 churches, baptized over 1000 people (mostly Muslims), have a grade school with over 700 students and a girls' home for girls who are abandoned by their parents because most Muslims do not want daughters, only sons.

2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 – Main Speaker at the Ministerial Update for the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in Brazil.

2004-2010 – Vice President for the National Convention and Ministerial Association of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in Brazil.

2004-2010 – President of the Ministerial Association of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ for the Southeast of Brazil.

2005, 2007, 2009 – Main Speaker at the National Convention for the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in Brazil.

2008-2010 – Founder and President of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ Southeast Convention of Brazil.

2005-2010 – Senior Minister at Campo Limpo Paulista Christian Church/Church of Christ in Campo Limpo Paulista, Sao Paulo. When planted in 2005, this church had 11 members; today the church has 143, and during this time Jeff baptized 58 new converts. In March 2010 the Campo Limpo Church planted a daughter congregation in Jundiai.

2008-2010 – Launched a Bible College in Campo Limpo Paulista, worked as President, Dean and Professor.

1980-2010 – During this time Jeff has baptized over 400 new converts into Christ.

2008-2012 – Liaison person between the World Convention Board and the Brazilian Committee for the 2012 World Convention in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.

Jeff is a fourth generation minister in the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. His family is part of the Restoration Movement since 1875.

Employee Information

1980-1983 – Worked odd jobs during High School in Goiania, Goias.

1983-1984 – Served in the Brazilian Army. Special Troops of Operation, Driver and Guard for the President at his residence in Brasilia, DF.

1985-1986 – Assistance Manager, Program Director and DJ at FM 105, Christian Voice of Central Ohio in Columbus, Ohio.

1986-1987 – Program Director and DJ at AM 1090, Christian Radio in Goiania, Goias.

1988-1994 – Founder and Partner of a Real State Business in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.

1994-1997 – Founder and Owner of Jeff’s Painting and Cleaning Company in Peabody, Massachusetts.

1997-1998 – Full time Senior Minister at Peabody Christian Church/Church of Christ in Peabody, Massachusetts.

1998-2001 – Work Study at Johnson Bible College as painter and security.

2001-2011 – Full time missionary and executive director with Brazil River of Life Ministries.