Jayne’s career spans a variety of academic and vocational tracks. She studied at St. Olaf College and obtained degrees in History and Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota.
Her first job after college was as a short-term missionary teaching school in Kenya, where she was active in a church with a ministry to Ugandan refugees. She returned to the States to teach, and went back to school herself, completing a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She worked for several years in pastoral ministry with at risk youth and family.
Continuing to feel call to a full-time ministry, Jayne pursued a Master of Divinity of Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. As an ordained minister in the United Church of both full-time and interim positions. She has public sector experience in an agency of Maricopa Association of Governments that provides transportation services, and as Human Service Commissioner for the City of Scottsdale.
Since moving to Chattanooga, Jayne has participated in a community-based group to promote better housing opportunities and has led the Mission and Outreach Commission at Pilgrim UCC.