Jennifer Oyama Murphy

Training & Pastoral Care Team

Jennifer loves a good story. This led her to Yale University where she received a BA in English. Upon graduation, Jennifer felt called to bring individual stories into relationship with The Gospel Story and has worked in ministry for over 25 years. She has served as the Director of Small Groups and Support & Recovery ministries, but it is her passion for lay counseling and pastoral care that led her to receive training in the areas of trauma and abuse. Over the years, Jennifer has sought a variety of ongoing education and training, including counseling courses at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. After completing the Training Certificate and Externship Programs at The Allender Center, Jennifer joined our Training & Pastoral Care Team and is honored to facilitate groups for the Training Certificate Level I program and the Story Workshop. She is also pursuing a MS in Clinical Psychology back in her hometown of Chicago and is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Small Groups and Women Leaders online sites.

Believing that everyone has a unique story that matters in a unique way, Jennifer especially seeks to engage those that have been oppressed and marginalized. Her work with people whom often feel alienated from honor and care has led her to contend with issues of race and gender with greater commitment and compassion. It is her privilege to enter into the shame and harm of people’s stories in order to reclaim what can be restored and redeemed and to bless their stories as good.