Jennifer was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, one of four children. Her dad worked two jobs to support the family while her mom stayed home to raise the children. She attended church throughout her youth but sadly had never been told Jesus loved her, never learned that faith was about relationship instead of performing the right rituals and certainly never dreamed that someday she would answer God’s call to preach the Gospel to anyone, anywhere. But she did believe in God and talked to Him every Saturday night in church and knew she could turn to Him when troubles arose. The family was not grounded in the Word but Jennifer would often pick up her grandma’s Bible and try to understand what she was reading. The writing style of the King James Version was especially difficult for her and, unfortunately, with no one to guide her through it or explain it, she struggled to grasp the message. Often discouraged, many months would pass before picking it up again.
She graduated from high school and attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a BS in Communications, her focus on media, particularly writing, editing, and television. It was on this campus, at the age of 18, that she would once again read the Word and for the first time come to understand that she needed to invite Jesus into her life and enter into a relationship with Him. Unfortunately, however, she continued to live her life in a way that was governed by her own opinions and guidelines instead of God's.
Ten years passed before Jennifer surrendered her life to Jesus Christ at the age of 28. Now He was not only her Savior but also Lord of her life. She has never been the same and so began her journey of soaking up Scripture like a sponge and applying it to her life, reaping the benefits and blessings that God promises. She is committed to applying His principles to her life and teaching them to her children (and anyone willing to listen!).
Since giving her life to Christ all those years ago, she has pored over the Scriptures, daily studying and praying for God’s wisdom and guidance. She has taken the Disciple course and participated in several other long-term Biblical studies. She has read books on almost every aspect of the Bible available. Throughout her walk, He has blessed her with countless insights, some came quick and easy, others after a long period of waiting on Him. She believes that her deep desire to learn all she can about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is a blessing and has led her to where she is today. While she had served her church in various capacities, she ultimately felt an overwhelming to desire to teach. God knew all along how He was going to use her gifts and talents but it became very clear to Jennifer one winter morning over eight years ago.
“…his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed I cannot.” Jeremiah 20:9
As she was studying, she read this Scripture and was so moved because of how it described her feelings exactly. Pouring out her feelings to Him, Jennifer said through her tears: “Lord, I don’t believe for one minute that you’ve blessed me with all that you’ve taught me, with all of these insights, for nothing. I want to teach it all- but how? What do you want me to do?”
Jennifer says she was immediately given a vision of what she now refers to as “speaking to the masses”, standing in front of many, many women, teaching them the Bible. All of the Christian speakers that she had watched on TV or listened to on the radio over the years came to her mind and it all made sense.
She says that she scoffed at the thought, though, much like Sarah did when she overheard the Lord tell Abraham that she would have a son within a year, even though she well past her child-bearing years. And because Jennifer says she is "human as human can be", she challenged Him by saying, “Oh really? But I have no experience. What are you going to do—drop a speaking engagement in my lap???”
Three weeks later that is exactly what He did! A woman she had never met called her about an event they were having at their church. Originally she had asked Jennifer to only do the devotion for the morning but called two days later saying, "God has laid it on my heart that I am supposed to ask you to speak at the breakfast. Jennifer, I don't know you but when God tells me to do something, I listen!"
And so began her teaching and speaking ministry. Jennifer has filled in for vacationing pastors and is a speaker at women’s events. While she loves to teach the Word to any audience, she is passionately committed to teaching other women the importance of knowing Scripture and how to effectively apply it to their lives so that it affects their lives and the lives of those around them. She wants others to know that we are to give God 100% of ourselves and not be mediocre Christians because God deserves so much more than a half-hearted attempt at living for Him. She wants to teach others the importance of getting to know the Lord God, loving Him and glorifying Him in word and deed. She especially wants to reach girls in their youth so that they are deeply rooted in the Word and their faith, particularly during the often difficult teen years.
She is first and foremost a disciple of Jesus Christ and knows she is a beloved child of God. Her peace, strength and joy come from knowing Jesus personally. She is a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Sarver, Pennsylvania where she is a high school level Sunday school teacher and has led a women’s weekly Bible study for nine years. You can find her on Facebook and you can go to YouTube to see the latest uploaded video lessons (simply click on YouTube to visit her channel). You can also find her on Christian Women Speakers (click on Christian Women Speakers to visit the website and for more info on her ministry).
She is proud to be Brian’s wife (recently celebrating 24 years) saying that he is the most dedicated, generous and dependable man she knows. Together they have owned and operated their construction company for as long as they’ve been married, with Jennifer serving as bookkeeper. She feels blessed to have been a stay at home mom all these years to their three boys, ages 22, 20 and 14, who she describes as "genuinely kind, respectful, intelligent and hardworking young men". Most importantly, though, is that each of them knows where their real treasure lies and will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord!!
Her hobbies include running, swimming, reading and any outdoor activities spent with Brian and the boys, especially family kickball games, hunting and fishing.
Looking back at those beginning moments spent in her grandma's Bible, she is grateful the Lord didn't allow her to give up, but continually and gently nudged her to return. Praise be to God!