Jennifer Oyama Murphy

Senior Director of The Allender Center, Training & Pastoral Care Team

Jennifer’s love of a good story led her to Yale University where she received a BA in English. Upon graduation, she felt called to bring individual stories into relationship with The Gospel Story and has worked in the areas of campus and church ministry, lay counseling, and pastoral care since 1989. Over the years, Jennifer has sought a variety of ongoing education and training including graduate classes at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and Benedictine University. After completing the Training Certificate and Externship Programs at The Allender Center and becoming a member of Training & Pastoral Care Team, Jennifer took the role of Manager of Leadership Development in 2019.

As Manager of Leadership Development, Jennifer is responsible for creating and managing systems of pastoral care and leadership development for potential and current leaders at The Allender Center. She seeks to foster a gifted, diverse, and sustainable team. Jennifer also loves facilitating story groups at all the various programs and especially seeks to engage those who have felt oppressed and marginalized. She’s been called complex, strategic, fierce, and kind and is passionate about helping people step into the fullness of who they were created to be.