Jeffrey Stephen Asher was born March 27, 1958 to James J. Asher, Jr. and Maxine Midyett at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Mr. Asher graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1976 with honors. Subsequently, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Southern Arkansas University.
After several years working with the public (everything from selling shoes, to clerking in a grocery store, to making composition shingles) Jeff Asher began work as an evangelist in January of 1978. His first preaching appointment was in Humphrey, Arkansas at what once was known as Argo Chapel. He has worked with churches in Camden, Arkansas (1980-1983) and Haynesville, LA (1983-1988), Amarillo, TX (1988–2004) and, currently, the Northside congregation in Carthage, Texas.
Jeff Asher married Cynthia Hyatt, also of Pine Bluff, March 6, 1981. They have two daughters: Rebekah Jane and Mary Elizabeth. Mr. Asher's parents, grandparents and great-grandparents have all been Christians. His maternal great-grandfather, Pittman Franklin Fountain, was a gospel preacher in the 1890's in East Texas.
Jeff Asher is a staff writer for Faith & Facts Quarterly. Since 1983 he has contributed several articles on a wide range of subjects. He also served as an associate editor of With All Boldness. He was editor of The Gospel Herald published by the Dumas Drive church from 1989-1995. On these pages Mr. Asher has had opportunity to defend pure New Testament Christianity in written discussions with atheists, agnostics, modernists and liberals. Mr. Asher hosted a weekly call-in radio broadcast in Amarillo from 1988 through 1997. The program was heard throughout the top 20 counties of the Texas Panhandle and portions of the Oklahoma Panhandle. He continues this work in radio evangelism in Northeast Texas over stations KGAS and KMHT on Sunday mornings.
As a result of his radio work Jeff Asher has engaged in several debates on the air and in the formal polemic setting. In April of 1990 Mr. Asher met George Battey in a discussion of Bible classes with women teachers and the number of drinking vessels on the Lord's Table. He met Glen Stocker, a Pauline Dispensationalist, in a discussion of water baptism for the remission of sins in April of 1992. In 1994 he twice met Dr. Charlie Arehart, an elder in the Metropolitan Community Church, on the morality of the homosexual lifestyle both in Denver and Amarillo. Then Mr. Asher met Mac Deaver in a discussion of the work and organization of the New Testament church in April of 1996. In 1998 Asher met Bob Berard on the question of church sponsored recreation in Huntsville, TX. Then that same year He met George Rajon in Corozal, Belize CA to discuss the Sabbath question. After that in 1999 he debated David D. Bonner twice on the deity and humanity of Jesus of Nazareth, once in Amarillo and once in Lufkin, TX. In August of 2005 Asher debated the necessity of water baptism with Dr. David Proctor in Carthage, TX.
Jeff Asher's vocation and avocation is the "work of an evangelist." However, he does find time occasionally for other interests. Mr. Asher has a keen interest in history, particularly the history of Arkansas and the Southwest. Currently, he is interested in reading the recent biographies on the "founding fathers." He has recently learned that his paternal great-grandfather was captured by Indians in a raid on the Little Blue River near Oak, Nebraska around 1864. So he is collecting information about that event from various sources. When time allows he enjoys angling and has recently taken up an interest in fly-fishing. Of course, his greatest pleasure in this life is being with and enjoying his wife and children and his numerous friends and brethren in Christ.