JEN STRICKLAND BIO: Pastor Jen received a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Mass Communications at Miami University and a dual Master of Fine Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at Chapman University. She received her Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary where she and Pastor Jacob were classmates. They are currently pursuing their Doctor of Ministry degrees at Duke Divinity School.
Pastor Jen has previously served at churches in Philadelphia, PA, Liberty, OH, Prairie Village, KS, and Lincoln, NE.
When she isn’t writing a sermon or dreaming about the church, Jen can be found walking her two dogs, reading fiction, drinking lattes, cooking vegetarian food, watching movies, walking on the beach, or playing with her beloved nieces. She and her husband love to travel and find out what God is up to in other parts of the world.
JACOB BUCHHOLZ BIO: Pastor Jacob received his Bachelors in the Comparative Study of Religion at Harvard University and his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary where he and Pastor Jen were classmates. They are currently pursuing their Doctor of Ministry at Duke Divinity School.
Pastor Jacob grew up in a Deaf family and during seminary started a Deaf church conducted entirely in American Sign Language. Pastors Jen and Jacob then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Jacob served at First-Plymouth Congregational Church.
Pastors Jen and Jacob were married in Budir, Iceland on May 27, 2014. If you ask them, “Why Iceland?” they will likely respond, “Why not?” They have two beloved rescue dogs, Barklee and Sophie. Jen and Jacob consider themselves “church nerds” who eat/sleep/breathe all things ministry-related, but outside of church they both love spoiling their 6 nieces, amateur gardening, bargain movie theaters, curling up with a good book, listening to podcasts, vegetarian food, international travel, art museums, and theological discussions over coffee (Jen) and tea (Jacob).