Jennifer Henneman is originally from Texas, where she grew up in a Southern Baptist family, accepting Jesus as Savior at age 10. She holds Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for public schools, hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies. Before moving to Columbus, Jennifer and her family lived in New Mexico where her husband, Greg, was Associate Pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Albuquerque. Jennifer had several times felt God urging her toward mission service, but had never pursued it seriously until around 2010: “My nursing experience and faith journey had prepared me to answer God’s call into mission. Over the last five years [she said in 2015], I developed a great interest in working with individuals experiencing homelessness, or who are poor and marginalized…It is my belief that God has called me to be in mission as a faith community nurse.”
The Faith Community Health Connection is a partnership between the United Methodist West Ohio Annual Conference and OhioHealth, a group of not-for-profit, faith-based hospitals and health care organizations serving the people of central Ohio since 1891. Jennifer’s work is focused on supporting holistic health for all people on the South Side of Columbus, which has unacceptably high rates of infant mortality and chronic illness. In that neighborhood, 33 percent of the households live below the federal poverty level; 66 percent are of minority backgrounds, and more than 19 percent are unemployed (2015 statistics). Jennifer provides health education, does health counseling, makes referrals, and engages in health advocacy in connection with a range of public and private partners.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Like all United Methodist missionaries, Jennifer is responsible for raising part of her own support - approximately $25,000 per year - through relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support Jennifer, you may jhenneman [at] umcmission.org (contact her directly), donate online, or send a check to The Advance, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 with 'Jennifer Henneman, #3022137' in the Memo line.