Jennifer Rash is a wife and mother of three boys ages 27, 25, and 16. She currently resides in South Carolina with her husband of 29 years. Jennifer is an ordained minister and has a heart for women’s ministry, leading women’s conferences, Bible studies, women’s groups, and mentoring young women. She formerly served as Women’s Ministry representative for the northern section of South Carolina as well as the Intercessory Prayer Director for the South Carolina district of the Women’s Ministries of the Assemblies of God, upholding its leaders through prayer and leading Prayer Summits across the state. She has traveled all over SC, speaking to women’s groups and pouring into women of all walks of life. Currently she leads the Praise and Coffee group of Spartanburg, SC, and is available to speak at your next event.
I grew up in upstate NY, like many of you, in a dysfunctional home. Looking for love and validation in all the wrong places, I left home at eighteen. Even at a young age, I had many strongholds in my life. Doors were opened in my childhood to things that would hold me captive. As I ventured out on my own, I opened more doors that would create further bondage in my life. At age nineteen, I had experienced more than most young ladies my age. Before I was twenty, I had already been married and divorced. I was on a path to self-destruction. I continued in cycles and patterns because I did not know any other way. I wasn’t a bad person. I was merely lost. In fact, during these years, I would have dreams of wandering down city streets only to come to one dead end after another. All night long I would be walking and walking, never finding my way. These were recurring dreams and I would awake with a feeling of absolute exhaustion. Life without Christ is exhausting, isn’t it? Finally, at age 22, I found the Way. In August of 1988, I gave my heart to the Lord and began to experience the transforming power of God in every area of my life. It has been one exciting journey. The ups and downs, the highs and lows, and the twists and turns, have all been used by God to bring me into the most treasured, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. I have been on a non-stop growth journey. Along the way, every stronghold was broken. Within each step, an incredible freedom, peace and joy has been realized. Through the years, I have truly experienced the transforming power of Jesus Christ. It is the reason that I write. My mission is to share the gospel and the reality of the transforming power of God, that other’s might also experience His power and be forever changed.
I have loved to write since I was a child, writing short stories, poetry and even including my own illustrations. I enjoyed taking creative writing classes in high school, experimenting with all types of writing. I have journaled since I was a young teen, expressing the deepest feelings of my heart, processing life, and recording my daily journey.
At age 22, I gave my heart to the Lord and my writing along with my journaling changed. My journaling took on the form of expressing the things the Lord was speaking to my heart as I studied His Word and prayed. It evolved into a way to record what He was teaching me in my daily Christian walk. Journaling has always been just one of the things that has helped me to process some of my deepest hurts, lowest lows, greatest joys and highest highs. It has been both cleansing and healing.
In my twenties and thirties, I wrote Sunday school lessons and sermons as my husband and I worked with hundreds of teenagers in youth ministry. As I was in Bible school, I wrote essays and papers, not quite as exciting… Within my years of Women’s ministry, not only have I written numerous sermons but also blogs, articles, and weekly online lessons. During a few of those year I wrote for the Examiner, an online newspaper. I was their Greenville Christian Living Examiner.
Today, I am still just as passionate about women’s ministry. I co-pastor City of Hope Church in Spartanburg, SC, with my husband and soul mate of 27+ years. Life is busy, but never too busy to get in the secret place with God.
I just turned 50 years old. This is my season! I still write sermons and am passionate about preaching the word of God, but these past few years the Lord has been urging me to live my writing dream and share my writing with the world! I have had writing in my heart for a very long time. The responsibilities of being a wife, raising a family, and serving in ministry alongside my husband had me believing that it was never the right season for me to step out. I have started many writing projects, only to put them on the shelf for a time. In this season, the Lord has prompted me to step out and finish those books! My heart is full and overflowing. My pen is on fire. I am eager to share with you all of the many things that are on my heart in hopes that they will bless your soul.
Today, I am celebrating the release of my first book, a 31- day journal for wives of all ages. This one is entitled The Path to Becoming a Proverbs 31 Wife: Walking in Your God-given Role. I am already at work on my next writing project and cannot wait to share it with you very soon.