Jean Jeffress holds a Master’s of Divinity from American Baptist Seminary of the West at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She is a approved for ordination pending call in the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ and serves on the Committee on Ministry, Section B. She has been a member and lay leader of First Congregational Church of Oakland, UCC since March 1, 2009.
Jean has a passion for social justice, in particular racial and economic justice, the housing crisis and displacement in the Bay Area and across the country, LGBTQ and women’s rights. Her sermons will likely touch on one or more of these social justice issues as she firmly believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be an act of radical love and inclusion that charges us to stand with and care for the marginalized. Jean also believes deeply that following Jesus is a means to personal transformation, and spiritual revolution.
Jean was described by a member of the church where she did her internship as “Gracious and Gritty.” Jean has work published in the Review & Expositor, Made Whole from Pieces: A Lenten Devotional Prepared for the Men of Soledad Correctional Facility, and in Resipiscence: A Lenten Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy. Jean is a preacher, musician, singer, writer, aspiring theologian, Bible nerd, cook, and bbqer. Jean lives in Oakland with her wife Carol, her cat Baby Boy and her housemate Nichola.