Meet Jenni Grace. She serves as the Director of Family and Children’s Discipleship at Mosaic Church and is studying in two degree programs, Master of Spiritual Formation and Marriage and Family Therapy, at Asbury Theological Seminary.
She is someone who is so passionate about seeing families flourish in relationship with one another in Christ, people transformed and healed in the name of Christ, testimonies, and the inherent truth that every individual is worthy of love and belonging, regardless of their circumstances. She has served families and children through work in foster care, youth ministry and development, Safe Sleep education, and serving vulnerable families in Northeast Georgia and Central Alabama.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: It was definitely the Lord. I always had a passion in serving children and family. Actually, I had it in my mind to go to med school when I was in high school because I’d been to a mission trip to the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky. It’s super poor, no electricity at all and they don’t have access to medical care, which means that in an emergency situation, you’re already dead by the time you get down the mountain. Later on I realized that my heart was not in medicine but for the people. I took social work in college, I begin discerning to being called to ministry as my career. I started pursuing seminary and ministry full-time.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Evans, and what do you love there?
A: Right now my favorite is Laziza, I love Mediterranean food. I usually have the chicken shawarma platter because I love the hummus and the garlic sauce.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Evans?
A: It’s been a year and 2 and half months.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Evans?
A: My friend Faith Edmonson of the Center for New Beginnings and she’s also the co-owner of Gateway Grant Services. She raises 4 kids, 3 of them are hearing impaired and 1 is completely deaf. She’s such a joy, a dear friend to me and a prayer warrior.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I would really love to go England and Scotland to see the rolling hills and the moors. I would also love to go to Israel, Greece and travel along the Mediterranean.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: I remember seeing Toy Story first as a kid but the most memorable one was when my aunt took me to see Mulan in the theater and I wore my Mulan dress.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Something I learned a couple of years ago. Sometimes you know what you supposed to do and it can make you really nervous, but just set things up, have faith and do good. Have courage and boldness to step up regardless of how you’re feeling. Don’t let fear cripple you.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Just travelling. Going to Israel, it’s my big thing to go to the Holy land and see all the places we read in scriptures. And also I would like to try all the local restaurants here.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: I love worship songs and the oldies, especially the groovier music. I love James Taylor, Carole King and Sam Cooke. But I would love to see Elton John.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Evans?
A: Goolsby’s, it is the first place where I ate in Evans.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch?
A: I started listening to Abiding Together, it is a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sister Miriam, and Heather Khym. I would like to sit down and talk to them about faith and relationship with the Lord.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I am currently at Seminary and pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and a degree in Ministry. Hopefully, I will graduate and still be working in the ministry and be able provide family counseling in the congregation and community.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I danced for 17 years. I love to dance. A part of me still dreams of being a ballerina.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Warm, cozy and a place of peace.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: People have told me I look like Amy Adams, I think because she has red hair and blue eyes and she plays bubbly people.