Jeff and Jenna both graduated from East Carolina University in 1986. Jeff played linebacker for the Pirate football team and both were involved in Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduation, the Pattons joined Athletes in Action (AIA) and served with AIA for the next 18 years. Jeff and Jenna worked with men and women athletes at Clemson University, as Chaplin with the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, and from 1997-2003 Jeff served as the National Campus Director of AIA, giving leadership to 250 staff across the U.S. Jeff and Jenna have been married for 25 years and have 4 beautiful children.