Jen grew up in Humboldt County, CA, where she accepted Jesus as her savior at a VBS in 3rd grade. After graduating from Humboldt State University in 2001 with a degree in applied mathematics she moved to Riverside to pursue a teaching career. Jen earned her credential through California Baptist University in 2004 and has taught 7th and 8th grade math in the Riverside Unified School District for 14 years.
Jen first encountered the Free Methodist denomination when she was invited to a life group at Brookside Church, which later partnered with Cucamonga Christian Fellowship for a season. She has attended church ever since 2005 and has served in prayer ministry, community outreach, and currently co-leads a life group in Loma Linda.