Gifts for Ministry Coordinator
Jenny Schmidt has been a member of Augustana since 1999. She later joined the staff as “Gifts for Ministry Coordinator” — which involves helping members to discern how they can best use their gifts and talents in service to Augustana and the greater Portland community. Jenny loves organizing events that build community and fulfill the mission to which we are called. As a volunteer herself, she sings with the Augustana contemporary band and choir and is involved with the worship and music committee and the advocacy team.
Jenny holds a BA in Psychology, English and Education from Duke University, and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). She has worked as a high school and preschool teacher, has served as the president of several non-profits, and has written several ESL textbooks. She loves backpacking, singing and Zumba!
What brought You to Augustana?
I moved into the neighborhood and wanted a church that was telling and showing the love of Christ to the community.
What inspires you?
Our congregation’s willingness to step out in faith and tackle tough issues, under the bold leadership of our pastor, inspires me daily!
What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
What have you learnt about your faith and God recently?
God’s love is deeper than I can even imagine.
What is your biggest challenge?
To breathe and trust when things get tough.