1972 - At the conclusion of a Bob Harrington Crusade in San Diego, Jeff Hall participates in an altar call and receives Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.
1976 - A junior in high school: though not an avid reader per se, Jeff becomes particularly enamored with The Two Jungle Books by Kipling, adopts the name Shere Khan (the tiger) for himself, Tabaqui (the jackal) for his girlfriend; they each draw and exchange art pieces of their characters, predating the first furry convention by 13 years.
1980 - Jeff is appointed by outgoing president Mack Jackson as the next president of the Campus Christian Fellowship of San Diego City College, meeting Tuesdays from 12 to 1 in L-110.
1981 - Jeff’s anti-gay tracts including Jack Chick’s “The Gay Blade” causes the campus’ Gay/Lesbian Alliance to appoint one of their members, a gay Christian to have a meeting with Jeff over lunch. Jeff is somewhat cordial, agrees to stop distributing anti-gay literature, but goes back on his word less than 2 weeks later. (Jeff is currently searching for this individual to apologize for lying, and to thank him for being the beginning of a 20-year-long change of heart.)
Spring 1983 - Jeff begins working for the San Diego-based interdenominational 500-member church: Southwest Christian Center as publications person and audio engineer.
December 1985 - After being laid off, he begins a 20-year career with Xerox Corporation and meets openly-gay employee Scott Curry. While Jeff doesn’t agree with his “lifestyle” he begins to look beyond the orientation to see and appreciate the individual.
1989 - Jeff adopts a mouse persona and produces his own music under the pseudonym/character name of “keope” again with no knowledge of the existence of the furry fandom. Scott loses his battle with AIDS in 1991 and Jeff (keope), saddened, composes and records a tortured musical piece in memorium.
November 1992 - He begins letter correspondence with Renee Carter in conjunction with their mutual interest in Tiny Toon Adventures®. (You can Google her name and “Buster And Babs Go Hawaiian” for the longer story.)
June 1997 - Jeff and Renee marry. He realizes that his anti-gay actions of years before were fueled by a repressed struggle against his own same-sex desires. This along with other personal recollections leads him to conclude he’s bisexual.
Summer 1998 - Jeff and Renee discover the furry fandom while being chauffeur for a visiting Michael Russell attending ConFurence in Mission Valley in San Diego.
early 2000 - Jeff begins a personal scriptural study focusing on homosexuality, praying: ‘God, apart from the gay activists on one side and the fire & brimstone evangelists on the other, show me Your truth from the Word (the Bible)...’ over the next four years collecting scriptural data which would eventually become the Yes, Jesus Loves Me Bible Study, or YJLM. It would later be augmented by personal studies of others including Threetails and Voychael.
Autumn 2000 - After moving from San Diego to an apartment in Northern Virginia, in the midst of intense worry over finances, Jeff’s furry nature comes to life as he believes he’s given raccoon as spirit guide, and adopts the fursona: Jarrell.
Spring 2002 - While participating in the early Christian furry community, Bestaire du Christ, at the suggestion of Camstone Fox, Jarrell joins up with and becomes an active member of the furry Christian YahooGroup, Unicorn & Griffin (later, Gryphon). He helps coordinate two meets for them at Anthrocon ’03.
January/February 2004 - Some anti-gay dialog is allowed to stand on Unicorn & Gryphon and a few members “struggling” with their sexuality no longer feel welcome to stay. Jarrell begins the LiveJournal community, rainbow_ark to provide a place for furry Christians to fellowship regardless of sexual orientation. He quietly leaves the Unicorn & Gryphon YahooGroup to avoid causing drama.
February 7, 2005 - At one year old, the members of Rainbow Ark total 76.
February 10, 2005 - Some of the first serious discussions begin over what a Rainbow Ark website would consist of and the planning of steps needed to implement one.
April/May 2005 - Savrin assembles the Rainbow Ark CD-ROM as giveaways at Anthrocon, while Regek dedicates one of his own personal servers as a testbed combining the CD-ROM content and architecture for transitioning into a future website.
July 9, 2005 - Rainbow Ark meets in the common area of the Windham Hotel at Anthrocon—9 attend; a room party later that evening featuring: pin the tail on the fox, the room provided special thanks to two members of Unicorn & Gryphon—8 attend. They attain 100 members as a LiveJournal.
September 3, 2005 - Rainbow Ark’s first scheduled panel at Mephit FurMeet—8 attend.
July 31, 2006 - The spin-off LiveJournal community, ra_activists is founded by Faol WolfRaven.
September 2, 2006 - Rainbow Ark’s second annual scheduled panel at Mephit FurMeet, hosted by Zeek Hedgehog, Savrin, and Jarrell—13 attend.
October 17, 2008 - The membership reaches 200.
December 2008 - Architecture is planned. Kiran Lightpaw, Sunshine Fox, Jarrell, and a non-fur named Paul begin assembling code and content behind-the-scenes toward the birth of this website.
June 4, 2009 - The domain is registered and the generic “website coming soon” page goes up.
June 17, 2009 - The first couple of pages of MyRainbowArk.com go public as the site is launched.
January 23, 2010 - Xedrik opens the phpBB Forums which reside on the MyRA website.
April 30, 2014 - A month-long poll closes and an 82% majority of LiveJournal RA participants vote for Rainbow Ark to change from being a progressive Christian organization to one which is intentionally interfaith.
August 2, 2014 - Rainbow Ark FurAffinity is launched.
June 9, 2016 - Jarrell realizes he is Agnostic. The full testimony of that process is here.