Committed to Building Community.
Hi! I'm Jeff Pemberton.
Born and raised right here in Port Huron, I have known and loved this city and its people throughout my life. That’s why I am passionate about continuing to build a strong community here at home. I want to raise my family here, and I hope that Port Huron continues to be a place that our children can grow up and then pour back into. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Jolene, and although we do not have any children of our own yet, we love being a part of the lives of the youth in our families and church. We know that we have been called by God to live in and foster community in a time when our culture has become isolated and disconnected.
After graduating from Port Huron Northern High School, I attended college at Eastern Michigan University. I graduated EMU with a degree in Special Education and Communication Arts, and then I headed right back home to Port Huron to search for a teaching job. That summer I worked with some friends from church to open up an ice cream parlor and coffee shop. It's called the Milkhouse Cafe and is located in front of the Wurzel's Flea Market.
Shortly after, I was hired in as a special education teacher at Port Huron High School. While there I was faced with the task of researching the current Cognitive Impairment program and coming up with something new and innovative. After a couple months of research and development, I put together a proposal that would restructure the entire program with little to no increase in cost. The next year I was bumped over to Holland Woods Middle School. Holland Woods provided me with the opportunity to work on all kinds of different projects. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and low seniority, I was laid off from my teaching position with Port Huron Area Schools in June of 2009.
After being laid off, I began my career with Ross Education, LLC as their first ever Social Media Analyst. After laying the foundations of an extremely successful social framework for Ross, my career evolved from the social media guy to manager of all things branding, creative, and digital media related. By 2015, I had taken over as head of marketing for all of Ross. We currently have over 40 campuses across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Iowa, and Tennessee. I manage a lean team and we do our best to support the needs of all of our campuses as they empower students to change their lives in a new career.
I am also part of an amazing congregation of about 80 adults and 60 kids. Not only do I get to help lead the church as a whole, I also have the honor of working with our youth. I am passionate about helping the next generation encounter Jesus and become His disciples!