Jeffery Degner has a passion for shepherding people toward a love of Christ and the discernment of the truth in the midst of a culture that rejects the Lord Jesus. He built a successful retail career for five years while completing an undergraduate dual major in economics and history, before joining the teaching profession at the secondary school level. While teaching high school students, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Lake Michigan College beginning in 2005.
"The greatest command is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind and soul. Christian higher education, and Cornerstone in particular, provides students the opportunity to love the Lord with their mind in an especially powerful way. It's my joy and goal to shepherd young adults to receive the Lord's love and care through the truth of His Word and through an ever-increasing understanding of His world."
Jeffery completed an M.A. in Applied Economics at Western Michigan University all while teaching full-time, coaching high school football for over 15 years, serving in church leadership as a deacon and elder and raising two daughters with his wife, Rachel.
Licenses and Recognitions
- Member of the Economic History Society
- Alum of the Mises Institute's "Mises University" Summer Program (2017)
- Master's Thesis: "U.S. Hospitalization Prices and Increases in Net Revenues from 2000 to 2014"
- Master of Arts in Applied Economics, Western Michigan University
- Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education, Western Michigan University
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Western Michigan University
—Spending time with my wife and two daughters
—Domestic and international travel
—Health Care Economics
—Historic Thought of Anti-War Theology and Economics
—History of Economic Thought
—Constitutional Law and Economic Rights
—Austrian School of Economics
—Old Testament Theology and Property Rights
—Proverbs and Understanding Poverty