Pastor Jennifer's Biography

I grew up in northern California (Sacramento, Stockton, Lodi, Palo Alto, Richmond). My father was a United Methodist minister and I was an active lay person (Christian education and camping ministries) in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.

I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Human Development (1981), earned a teaching credential, and taught in the San Francisco and Oakland Public Schools.

After completing my Doctorate in Education degree (University of San Francisco), I worked and taught in higher education at Stanford University, New College of California (San Francisco), and Western Michigan University.

In responding to God’s call to ordained ministry, I completed my Masters of Divinity degree (2006) and Masters of Arts degree in Evangelism and Spiritual Formation (2007) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL).

I was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church in June 2010. My first church appointment was to Napoleon United Methodist Church (Jackson County) in West Michigan Annual Conference (2007 to 2013).

My next appointment was to First United Methodist Church of Wayne (2013-2014), and then Oxford United Methodist Church (2014- ) in the Detroit Annual Conference.

I presently serve on the West Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Committee on Asian American Ministries, and the Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries.

My family includes my husband Erik Wong (EMD Serono pharmaceutical company) and my young adult children (twins) Heather and Jonathan Jue-Wong (college students).

I love God and strive to serve Jesus faithfully with my heart, mind, soul, and life. “Open hearts, open minds, open doors” is the United Methodist Church’s focus.