Rev. Jennifer Roberts grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee and felt called to ministry at the age of 12. However, young girls in the Southern Baptist tradition are not encouraged to go into ordained ministry, so following high school, Pastor Jennifer attended East Tennessee State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Learning with an emphasis in Elementary Education.
While at East Tennessee State University, she began to explore the Lutheran tradition and found herself attending Our Savior Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Johnson City, Tennessee. There, she not only felt God’s grace in a whole new way, but also began to understand her call in a whole new way.
Following college, Pastor Jennifer received her Masters Degree in Education from Tusculum College and taught elementary school for 8 years.
In 2016 she and her family left the foothills of East Tennessee and moved to Columbia, South Carolina where she attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and received her Masters of Divinity.
Pastor Jennifer served her internship at Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Winston-Salem, NC, has served as a trauma chaplain at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Newnan, Georgia before coming to Redeemer.
She has been married to her husband, Ashton, for 18 years and they have a son, Zion, who is 16 years old. In her spare time, Pastor Jennifer loves to paint, read, and enjoys watching the birds on her back porch.