Dr. James Jeffrey Monday, pastor of Tansi Community Church, died on Monday, May 2nd due to complications of a stroke. Jeff never met a stranger. He was loved by both his family and numerous friends from far and wide. He will truly be missed.
Jeff was born on April 23, 1959 in Oak Ridge, TN. He was first and foremost a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He was a graduate of Johnson University, Oral Roberts University, and received his doctorate in Christian Counseling Psychology from Southwest Bible College & Seminary. Jeff knew from an early age that he wanted to serve the Lord. He was the pastor of the Tansi Community Church for the past 20 years and served in many churches across the country both as a youth minister in the early days of his career and later on as a leader of congregations.
Jeff generously bestowed his love and support on those around him. From the groups of young men and women he coached on the playing field, to the young couples he joined in matrimony, to the comfort he offered during hospital bedside visits, Jeff was a supportive and loving figure in the lives of many.
In addition to his love for Christ, Jeff had a lifelong love of sports and animals. His passion for sports, which began as a young man on junior and senior high school football and basketball teams, grew as a member of his college basketball team, and continued to his recent work with the Cumberland County High School Jet football team. Jeff served as a substitute teacher in both Cumberland and Putnam Counties. He had a soft spot for rescue dogs, and he was as devoted to his pets as they were to him.
His exuberant personality made him a natural at standup comedy which he enjoyed immensely.
Jeff is survived by his parents, James Hubert and Anne Monday, sisters Kelli Monday and Wendy Monday, and his niece Kassidy Sommer of whom he was so proud.
Family will receive friends at Tansi Community Church on Friday, May 6th from 12 to 2 p.m. with service to follow at 2 p.m. with Jeff’s friend, Dr. Paul Dixon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Dr. James Jeffrey Monday to Tansi Community Church Scholarship Fund, 2067 Craves Drive, Crossville, TN 38572 or Johnson University Scholarship Fund, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998.