I’m a pastor of a pretty cool church just north of Seattle, Washington. There’s one thing we do to start most of our gatherings and I’m still surprised how many people will say it’s the best part of our time together.
We breathe. One breath in…and one breath out. And somehow, in that one moment together, we let go of some things and we prepare for some new things. It’s pretty incredible.
I hope the same for you here. May you breathe deeply around here.
My name is Jenny and I’m so glad you’re here. A little about me.
I grew up in Ohio, Alaska, Florida and now live in Marysville, Washington.
I’m married to Aaron and we somewhat keep up with our two children, 8-year-old Isabella and 5-year-old Wesley. These three keep me grounded, dancing and joyful. Seriously, just yesterday I found myself dancing to the Trolls movie soundtrack in the kitchen while making spaghetti. They teach me more about love than just about anyone I know. Especially when I’m awful at it.
My other loves: breakfast food, swimming, paddle boarding, trying new recipes on Pinterest, photography and reading. I feel most myself when I’m by the ocean or a lake. You should probably know (or you’re about to figure out fairly quickly) that I’m an Enneagram One. I’ve tried to change numbers but you know, it’s who I am. I’m *slowly* learning to accept it.
I graduated in 2005 from Florida Southern College and in 2010 from United Theological Seminary. I was ordained a pastor in the United Methodist Church in 2012 and served three churches in Alaska before coming to Marysville, Washington in 2015.
I love to write and enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to “Filling the Void: Voices From the None Zone” and “Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience.” Look for “Advent: A Calendar of Devotions” in fall 2020!
When it comes to ministry, I love walking with people as they go deeper into their relationship with God, themselves and our world. After a journey into an anxiety disorder, I now offer meditation workshops and retreats. I love empowering people to see they can lead others. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia at 17 years old led to a deep relationship with self care and Sabbath. I’m passionate about women in leadership and figuring out how to do the mom thing in the midst of it all.
I’m on a personal mission to see if I can cheer on a healthy and growing local church and honor a rich Sabbath practice. A calling into ministry can lead many to the edge of burnout when we help others to the detriment of our families. I refuse to miss life with my favorite people in the world while serving God. I believe we can do both together. It’s not always pretty, but it’s possible!
If you’re seeking a different way to live in this fast-moving world, you’re not alone. Let’s keep walking each other home.
Looking for a speaker for a retreat or gathering? Send me a note and let’s chat!
“People should not come out of a spiritual retreat unchanged. They should have learned something new about themselves and their relationships with God and others. And/or they should have deepened their connections with the people there. They should laugh with each other and cry with each other. They should feel good about the experience at the time – and afterwards. They should feel that they aren’t done, at the end. The retreat should provide a safe space for them to be vulnerable to their pasts, and to the people around them. (For a personally comfortable level of vulnerability, of course.) The structure of the retreat should not allow naturally dominant personalities to dominate. Your leadership provided all that for us.“
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“Having work under Jenny’s leadership directly, I celebrate that her writing genuinely reflects the authentic ways she leads her team. Her writing is not just mere hypothetical suggestion. It is her actual practice. Know that the woman who shares her heart with you in words is the very same woman who would embrace you in person. Her impact on my work and personal faith journey have in unarguably life-changing. Everyone needs a “Jenny” to stir their hearts into full, free aliveness. And now, because of her writing, that’s possible.”
“Jenny is a soul-full leader who communicates in beautiful, thoughtful and brilliant ways. I am inspired by her depth of insight, willingness to be vulnerable and commitment to palms up living. I always look forward to receiving her wisdom in my inbox as it helps me grow into the type of leader I want to be.”
“Personal experiences are the best touchstones for learning and sharing with others. Jenny’s ability to examine her own life and what needs direct attention – with palms up, is so very helpful to me.”
“Jenny has the amazing ability to write from a perspective that speaks at a high overview level of humanity, but is translatable to everyday life. She is real, honest, relatable and inspirational.“
“I have read Jenny’s Manifesto For a Palms Up Leader so many times; it inspires me every time. And so do her words that describe with great warmth and honesty the challenges we face with the values of introspection and courage.”