Colleen Jumper and her husband have three grown children and have adjusted to their “empty nest.” Spoiling 5 grandchildren keep them joyfully busy, and they take every opportunity to do so.
Colleen served as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator in her local church for 10 years and taught an adult Bible study class. She also volunteered as a board member and Women’s Ministry Consultant with Christian Women’s Resource Network in the St. Louis area. As an ordained minister, Colleen served for six years as the Adult Discipleship and Administrative Minister at Bethalto Christian Church.
Colleen received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible with a specialization in Christian Ministry from St. Louis Christian College. She attended the Seminary at Lincoln Christian University, earning her Masters in Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Education (discipleship and spiritual formation) as well as coursework and life experience in leadership development. Colleen taught as adjunct faculty at St. Louis Christian College.
Employed as a Registered Nurse for nearly 40 years, she recently retired. Her career included staff nursing, training, and management roles. Now, she keeps busy assisting with homeschooling her grandchildren.
Colleen completed the requirements as a CLASS Communicator (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Seminar) in 2006. She loves researching and teaching the Bible in a variety of settings and desires to apply the truth of Scripture in practical ways through speaking or writing. She enjoys using a mixture of methods to achieve this, including audio-visuals, audience participation, and humor.
Visiting Europe between high school and college ignited a love of travel. Colleen fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Israel while in Seminary.
She recently combined her medical background and ministry by serving on a medical mission trip to mountain villages in Thailand with Community of Blessing.
Colleen is an avid reader and carries her Kindle everywhere – along with coffee. As a fierce competitor, she loves to play cards and board games with friends and family. Colleen recently began quilting; she loves adding fabric to her stash.