Pastor Jen joined the University Lutheran Church of Hope community as Lead Pastor in August of 2015. Jen is excited about the ways Hope engages in the neighborhood, digging into rich traditions and finding creative, honest, and nimble ways to follow God and “be the church” in this place and this time in history. She enjoys the beloved ones around Hope, hearing stories, sensing the Spirit at work, walking with people through the joys and the struggles. Prior to ULCH, Jen served at Salem Lutheran in Uptown in Minneapolis during a grand time of transformation as that congregation co-created SpringHouse Ministry Center. She’s also served at Central Lutheran (Minneapolis), in chaplaincy at Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis), in outdoor ministry, campus ministry, and in global ministry (Zimbabwe and Zambia). Jen holds an M.Div. from University of Chicago Divinity School, has studied at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews Scotland, and has a B.A. from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). Jen and her spouse Jane are parents of two medium age kids, a dog named Ace and two cats named Hazel and Chess, and they live in north Minneapolis. Jane has served for many years as pastor at First Congregational Church of Minnesota, United Church of Christ (UCC), a whooping five blocks from Hope. Jen loves to walk, read, camp, canoe, cook and eat good food, travel, and explore, especially with family and friends.