Jennifer Herndon was born in Wichita and raised in Mulvane. She earned a BA in psychology at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, and completed her Master of Divinity at Saint Paul School of Theology. While in Seminary, she pastored a small church in Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation she returned to Wichita, taking a position as a hospice chaplain with Hospice Care of Kansas (subequently renamed Gentiva Hospice Kansas), where she eventually became manager of chaplain services.
As an ordained Deacon in the UMC, her passion is for ministry with those facing death and dying, grief, and those dealing with Alzheimers Disease and other memory issues.
“I love Barbara Brown Taylor and Henri Nouwen. Both are Christian authors who have profoundly touched me over the years with their writings. I enjoy studying the New Testament, especially the Roman context of the time period, and I enjoy studying issues related to death, dying and grief. I’m also interested in spiritual care of people living with dementia and Alzheimers.”
Jennifer and her husband Mark have three sons and two daughters, as well as a dog and a tank of fish. “I love to go for walks, garden, camp in our little pop-up camper, read (I enjoy lighter reading, such as John Grisham and other similar fiction authors), scrapbook, go to movies, and most of all, spend time with my family and animals.”
“I experience God’s love …”
…through people (my husband and family, friends, church family, patients), animals (especially our own pets), nature, music (Be Thou My Vision, and His Strength is Perfect, are my two guiding songs), quiet time, prayer time — it amazes me every day all the many different ways God can help me feel his love!
Favorite Verse or Passage:
This has been my guiding verse since I was 20 years old.
“Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
Contact her at: Jherndon@chapelhillwichita.org.