Colleen Jumper and her husband have three grown children and have adjusted to their “empty nest.” Spoiling 5 grandchildren keeps them joyfully busy, and they take every opportunity to do so.
Colleen currently serves with the Women’s Ministry Team, assists with teaching Adult Bible Studies, and volunteers with the Student Ministry Program serving with Jr. High Girls at Leclaire Christian Church. As an ordained minister, Colleen was previously employed as the Adult Discipleship and Administrative Minister at Bethalto Christian Church, where she also served as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator.
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 Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis on 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 and served as a board member and Women’s Ministry Consultant with Christian Women’s Resource Network in the St. Louis area.
Employed as a Registered Nurse for nearly 40 years, she recently retired. Her career included staff nursing, training, and management roles.
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.
Retirement allows more time for hobbies. As an avid reader, Colleen carries her Kindle everywhere – along with coffee. She enjoys playing cards and board games with friends and family. Colleen recently began quilting and routinely adds fabric to her stash.
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