2023 Enrich Educator of the Year Award Recipient
Jenna Campbell’s passion for educational ministry began in her childhood, with formative faith experiences in her family, the church, and church camp which nurtured her strong sense of call at the age of 12 to become a Christian educator.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, Jenna graduated from Union Theological Seminary – Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) with a Master’s in Christian Education. She is a Certified Christian Educator in the PC(USA).
Jenna has served two congregations in Oklahoma, currently as the Director of Children and Youth Ministry at her home church of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. It has been Jenna’s “dream job”, giving back to the congregation that nurtured her faith and call to ministry. She provided leadership for implementing sustainable ministry in the children and youth programs. During the COVID pandemic, Jenna created a website to support families as they nurture faith at home. This website, www.fpcfaithfulfamilies.com, has been visited by thousands across the country and the world, resourcing both families and church leaders.
Jenna lives out her belief in connectional ministry by working with gifted colleagues across the state, region, and nation. She enjoys resourcing educators and congregations through mentoring and consulting. Her vital leadership for the South Central Region of APCE (SCRAPCE) guided the organization to envision and live into a new ministry structure in her three years as president. Through eight years of service on the Educator Certification Committee, Jenna provided key leadership for the revamp of the Christian Education Associate level of endorsement in addition to serving as the ECC moderator and Exam Administrator.
Her skills in curriculum writing and resource sharing have been a gift to many, including PCUSA special offerings, Dwight Mission Camp and Conference Center, APCE workshops, and others as she generously shares materials for programs and ministries.
Jenna is passionate about family faith formation and intergenerational ministry, as well as engaging children and youth in a faith that actively pursues justice and compassion in the world. She credits her (engineer) father’s gift of organization and her mother’s gifts of creativity and faith with the perfect blend of gifts for a Christian educator.
The greatest gift and joy in Jenna’s life is her family. She’s honored to share life and laughter with husband Casey and daughters Reese (13) and Emerson (10) and is grateful for their inspiration and love.