When Jean came to First Congregational Church of Oakland in February of 2009, she was not a Christian, but very quickly came to believe that a life walking with Jesus is a means to radical hospitality, inclusion and personal transformation.
She became a member of FCCO in March of 2009 and has been serving the church in many different ways since that time. Most recently, she was called by the congregation to serve on the pastoral triad, the community's lay-led pastoral leadership. Jean became a licensed minister through the Northern California Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ in order to better serve the lay-led church community and to be in good standing with the denomination.
Jean has begun attending the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley in Fall 2013.