ABOUT MEN UNPLUGGED

Hi, how are you doing?

Jeff Jerina here.

I’m the founder and host of Men Unplugged, an acclaimed talk show where I interview top Christian leaders every week to help YOU succeed in every aspect of life!

What others have called a MUST FOR EVERY MAN!

If you’re ready for real solutions that you can apply in your life right now, then you’re in the right place.  My goal is to give you the inspiration and strategies you need to:

  • Unplug from those things that weigh you down
  • Ignite your faith in Jesus Christ
  • Strengthen your family
  • Live your true purpose

I’m also the author of my new book, Faith Without Fear, and Ten Steps to Power and Purpose.

I’ve interviewed the most trusted voices in Christianity today, including:  Josh McDowell, Dennis Rainey, Gary Thomas, Steve Arterburn, Neil Anderson, MercyMe, JC Watts, business leaders, pro athletes and many more.

However, before Men Unplugged was even a thought, my journey was full of struggle and searching.

My Background

After graduating with a degree in business, I worked for a Fortune 500 company.  Then I got severely depressed with suicide thoughts for 4 years of my life.  No matter what I did or tried, I couldn’t get better.  I had no hope.  Then someone shared the greatest thing I had ever heard.  It was something that completely changed my life for GOOD!  It kickstarted the amazing journey I’m on now.  Here’s a video of my journey.

The Story Continues

In 2001, I left the corporate world and began a career as an entrepreneur, speaker and Christian evangelist.  Since then I’ve spoken to and led groups and events that energize and equip men to live radically for God.

After graduating from seminary and being ordained as a pastor I felt called to launch Men Unplugged as a daily source of wisdom for all men!

How I Can Help You

As a professional speaker, evangelist and broadcaster I have a passion for inspiring and equipping others to live free in Christ.  If I can help you or your group in anyway, please let me know, I would love to help.  You can connect with me through my Speaking Page.

Every week, you’ll gain the wisdom you need to excel in your job, at home, ministry or wherever, as my guests and I provide you with:

  • Biblical Truth
  • Practical Tips
  • FREE and Valuable Resources
  • Encouragement
  • Community
  • and, oh yeah some Rockin’ stories!

Fun Facts about Jeff

  • I juggle for fun (which was a big check mark off my bucket list when I finally learned how to)
  • I love doing card tricks
  • I’m often asked to make balloon animals for my kids and their friends
  • I love to impersonate YODA (that little dude is cool!)
  • I am a professional tennis coach (on the side)
  • I enjoy building websites (Men Unplugged is one)
  • I once ate 17 tacos for lunch when I was in High School (what was I thinking?)

Meet my family

I am so blessed to be married to my best friend and bride, Amy.  We are so happy that God has blessed us with two children, our daughter and son.

Learn more about me

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I am a husband, dad, friend, speaker, author, and entrepreneur who has found freedom and victory in knowing Jesus Christ.  With Men Unplugged, I want to share with you the wisdom of leaders and men who face all sorts of challenges and demands in life-and have found victory!

Living decades of my life without any hope, direction, or clarity of what I was supposed to do or be, I finally made the best decision of my life in 2001 at the age of thirty.  I placed my faith in Jesus Christ!

* If you are curious about what that means – check this page out.

Since then, God has given me a passion to help men:
1) Ignite their faith in Christ
2) Live with zeal and purpose

PODCAST HOST

On the Men Unplugged Podcast, I ask each one of my quests the tough questions about their personal and professional journey.  The show provides valuable information to help you navigate life with biblical wisdom, strength, and FREEDOM!

Since all facets of life are important to men, I chat with influential leaders from all fields, including:

Business – Health – Insurance – Men’s ministry – Christian service – Coaching – Counseling – Sports – Education – Government – Medical – Financial sectors

Within each podcast episode, we discuss key topics to help you live a life of maximum impact and victory!

AUTHOR

My new book, Faith Without Fear will help new Christians to seasoned evangelists confidently and accurately share the gospel to anyone they come across, at anytime, anywhere. With the foreword by Josh McDowell and many top Christian leaders endorsing the book, this work will:

  • Teach you a simple, step-by-step method for sharing your faith
  • Crush any fears you may have about evangelism
  • Teach your role and God’s role in sharing the gospel
  • Remind you that your story matters
  • Provide individual and group discussion questions for personal or group study
  • and more…

My book,  10 Steps to Power and Purpose, is an introductory guide to:

  1. Helping men and women stay connected with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
  2. Helping men and women find their true purpose in life.

I am working on a second book on how to share your faith.
For More information or to Pre-Order the book go here.

SPEAKER

In addition to hosting the podcast, writing what God puts on my heart, and carefully selecting resources to share with you, I enjoy speaking opportunities where I can truly engage and share with you my God-given passion. Please consider me if you are looking for a speaker! More about my speaking topics is on the Speaking page.

My Journey

Although I’m an evangelist and entrepreneur now, I wasn’t always.  In fact, my life and career were completely different.  Below is my story, including how I came up with the idea of Men Unplugged and why I envision Men Unplugged helping millions of men across the globe.

After getting my undergraduate degree…

Just like many teenagers after high school, I entered college not knowing what I wanted to do with my life.  With this uncertainty, I decided to take the safe route and follow in my dad’s footsteps and get a business degree.  After earning a business degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1994, I landed my first job.

I was hired by a former Fortune 500 company, Northern Telecom (known as Nortel Networks).  Wow!  I thought I hit the big time.  I had business cards, an office, a new cell phone and a large salary.  However, within six months of my new position, the wheels began to fall off.

I was driving home late one night…

It was about 3 am, and my car veered off the side of the road and was subsequently launched into the air.  As the car landed on its left side, the driver side door busted through causing the left side of my body to drag on the hard concrete 50 to 100 feet.  Luckily at the time, there was no one else on the road.  In the same way, I was lucky (at least I thought) that my only injury was a severe road burn on my left hand.

The darkest time of my life…

Little did I know at the time, but that one scar on my hand would lead to severe depression for 4 years of my life.  The enemy used that wound to make me think I wasn’t good enough, that I was an ugly duckling, and worst of all – that God didn’t love me.  All I could do was obsess over that scar and other imperfections every second of my life during this time.  Psychiatrists and counselors called it Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) a form of OCD.  It didn’t matter what anti-depressant medications I was subscribed, the treatment I received, or how much alcohol I drank to numb the emotional pain I had.  None of those things worked.  Then without any hope left in sight, I heard something that literally saved my life.

Someone shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ…

I was sitting in a Christian counselor’s office and the counselor, Paul, asked me a question that I had never been asked before.  “Jeff, do you know that when you die you would go to Heaven, or would you have doubts?”  After thinking about that question for a bit, my response was simple – no, I don’t.  I told him that I had done so many bad things in my life and that there was no amount of good that could ever make up for it.  After he shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with me, I understood God’s grace for the first time and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I was a new man.  One who was freed and delivered from all the lies I was believing about myself.  I now have the ultimate victory – life in Christ.

For a more detailed version of my testimony, watch my testimonial video in this section. Or purchase my published poem, A Prodigal’s Journey, which shares the story of a prodigal finding Christ. The prodigal, although it is written in a generic sense, is me.

A New Freedom and a New Mission

After I accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation, the counselor told me to start sharing my testimony with other men.  Apprehensive at first, I finally agreed to his request.  The most amazing thing happened.  Every time I shared my testimony of how God literally saved and changed my life, other men (now brothers in Christ) experienced the same victory.  With a new mission to see other men experience freedom in Jesus Christ, I started to seek other opportunities to lead men.

My experience in Men’s Ministry…

Shortly after placing my faith in Christ, I was asked to run a men’s basketball league.  Watching the league grow from 20 to eventually 400 men, I realized what life mission was.  The passion that God gave me was to reach men in such a way that they live as radical warriors for God.  Since running that league, I have been blessed to start and lead men’s Bible studies, discipleship groups, speak at men’s retreats, and create fellowship events for men. Most recently, I co-founded and led a men’s ministry/community for dads at a private Christian school where my daughter attends and I coach tennis.  The men’s ministry, called Patriot Dads provides opportunities for dads to get together in fellowship with one another and their kids as well as provide support to the school.  With every men’s ministry that I’ve started there have been two core traits that every man needs to know 1) that he has value and 2) that he has a purpose.

My Ah-Ha Moment…

I realized what I was supposed to do during one of the basketball league nights I ran.  With about 200 men in the gym one night, I knelt down in amazement as I watched several teams playing ball, men laughing, and other guys praying and studying the Bible together.  As I looked at all of the faces, I heard that voice – the one where God says, “This is you man!”  I knew this was what I was supposed to do – to ignite men for God!

My quest to find out how God wired me…

After trusting Christ as my Lord and Savior, I wanted to live a life of purpose.  One that matched how God made me.  With this new mission to reach the lost and equip men, I took personality tests, innate ability tests, and spiritual gifts tests, and I really dug down deep into what motivates and drives me.  Refining my skills even further, I taught a class that helps others find out how God has designed them for ministry and vocational work.  I discovered that I am best suited for a position in sales, teaching, pastor, or as an entrepreneur. Basically, a position where I can speak and influence others positively.  With this new information and a desire to serve others, I enrolled and graduated with a Masters in Christian Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary in 2016.

What about the Men Unplugged podcast?  

In January 2017, I started to look at the idea of a podcast.  To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know what a podcast was at the time.  I kept hearing people talk about it, but I had never actually heard one.  So I started to look around iTunes for a podcast for Christian men.  I kept looking for one that provided information from different areas.  Information that was relevant to men on all levels.  I couldn’t find one.  Although I couldn’t find a podcast like this, I had no intention of starting one.  Especially since I knew nothing about audio.  Not only that, but I was in the process of writing my evangelism training book, and my wife and I were getting ready to welcome our second child into the world. Then out of nowhere, a good buddy of mine, Mike Chrasta said, “Jeff, you need to start a radio show for men.”  Okay that was weird, he didn’t even know I was researching podcasting.  Regardless, I dismissed it because I genuinely thought this would be beyond my capacity.  But then, within two to three months, other people told me the same thing.  Okay, now the Lord had my attention.  But what was it going to be about?  What would it be called?  So on and so forth…

The Fuel that Ignites Men Unplugged

The reason I think Men Unplugged works is because it is not just one person (that would be me) sharing his viewpoint.  On the contrary, it is a combination of others – top influential leaders from every corner of the globe.  With this extensive list of leaders comes a wealth of information and wisdom in your ear multiple times a week.  Furthermore, the biblical wisdom that my guests provide and that we share online are invaluable.  When you add the resources that we provide on the Resources page, I truly believe Men Unplugged will help you live fully charged.

Speaker Testimonial

Jeff was the keynote speaker at a two day men’s seminar at our church recently.  It was a blessing to see how real and timely his message for every guy that was there.  He was able to connect with the audience on a real level as he shared his own struggles and victories.  His energy and excitement are contagoius.  If you are looking for someone to inspire and equip those in your audience, I would highly Jeff Jerina.

Doug Powell, Church Pastor

Listener Testimonial

Jeff delivers timely and impactful messages he gleans from his guests!  Useful and actionable information every man can use in his life.  A well produced podcast that’s just the right length.  Great work!

Greg Wagner, United States

Listener Testimonial

Thank you so much for your efforts in spreading God’s word and inspiring Christians all across the world to fix their eyes on Jesus. I became a Christian on May 19 2018 and your podcast has been transforming my walk with Christ each day. I couldn’t be more thankful that God has brought me to your show. 

Jason K, Australia

Listener Testimonial

Your show has been instrumental in my learning about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. I absolutely love what you are doing. You have a fantastic talent for interviewing people and bringing out their wisdom.  I was encouraged to share the gospel for the first time in my life after hearing one of your episodes and then the next day I gave my testimony to a co-worker.  I could go on for a lot longer about how much I like the show, but just know that I am deeply appreciative of what you are doing.
Bobby R., America

Guest Testimonial

Jeff, thanks again for allowing me to be on the Men Unplugged show.  Great job of asking the tough questions!  This is exactly the kind of resource we need as men.  One that offers real and practical coaching on how to live as a true warrior for Christ.

Brett Carroll, Pro Athlete (MLB)

Guest Testimonial

Thanks for your energy and great questions Jeff.  Keep up the great work!

Sean McDowell, Top 100 Apologist

Guest Testimonial

Men Unplugged, and it’s dynamic host Jeff Jerina, provides it’s listeners a refreshing, practical,inspirational and entertaining resource from extraordinary leaders. Plug In and be propelled to flourish in all aspects of your life.

Steve Fedyski, Pure Flix Entertainment

Book Foreword

I immediately noticed Jeff’s passion for reaching the lost and equipping fellow believers to do the same.  I was impressed by his interview style and focus on helping others ignite their faith in Christ. When he told me about his new book, I was excited to be a part of it.  I found it refreshing to read an evangelism book that encourages and equips every believer to fulfill the Great Commission.  Like a great coach, this book will give you the training, inspiration, and tools to proclaim the life saving message of Jesus Christ in a kind, loving, and bold manner.

Josh McDowell, Author of over 150 books
excerpt from Foreword of Jeff’s book

Book Endorsement

There are many books on evangelism but what sets Jeff’s book apart from so many others is its brevity, practicality, and inspiration. You will be excited and equipped to share your faith in a shockingly short amount of time. The appendix on creating a culture of evangelism is worth the price of the book alone. What a great resource for individuals, small groups and entire churches who want to take more seriously the call to fulfill the Great Commission. 

Gary Thomas, Best Selling Author, Sacred Romance

Book Endorsement

Jeff has answered the nagging question of so many men. How do I start a conversation about Jesus with a non-believer. Read this and apply it and watch God transform the world through you. When you get to heaven one day, the only thing that will matter is, will there be anyone there because I allowed Jesus to speak through me. The information in this book will help us say a resounding “YES!”

David L. Cook, Author/Executive Producer: Seven Days in Utopia

Book Endorsement

If you’ve ever wondered how to fulfill the great commission by starting in your own back yard, with the people you know and new ones you meet, look no further. This book is an outstanding and practical guide on how to start the faith conversation, and challenge new thinking and growth in those around us. Very worthwhile read.

Steve Arterburn, Founder – New Life Ministries

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