Jennifer moved to Casar, North Carolina in May 2019 to serve as the first director of Tekoa Foothills. She is an Ordained Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served as the Associate Pastor at Broad Street UMC in Statesville and the Senior Pastor at Sunrise UMC in Lewisville. She is a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill, Duke Divinity School and the Compass Points Certification Program with Columbia Theological Seminary.
Jennifer served on Tekoa Summer Staff in 2006-2009 and as a Duke Intern in 2010 where she focused on enhancing a discipleship program for staff as well as developing intentional worship practices throughout the summer. She is a life-long Girl Scout, recipient of the Gold Award, and has always enjoyed the unique environment of camps and outdoor educational experiences they provide. Jennifer plans to continue her studies of the Theology of Play at the intersection of social justice and creation care.
With sons Edwin & Benjamin, Jennifer can be found hiking, building fires, floating down rivers, and exploring their home on 117 acres in the Foothills of North Carolina.
Lylah Jane is the friendliest labrador retriever that you'll find on the Tekoa Foothills property. She has lived in Winston Salem, Statesville, and Durham, but her favorite home by far is nestled in the rolling hills of Casar.
Check out this article that includes the perspective of Summer 2020 from the four United Methodist summer camps in Western North Carolina.
The full article written by Jordan Mitchell, former Mission & Ministry Catylist, can be found here with photographs taken during her first summer at Tekoa Foothills.
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