Redeemer United Church is excited to welcome Rev. Jennifer Gold (“Pastor Jen”) as its new pastor.
Pastor Jen’s greatest desire in life is to go where God is calling her. When she was a sophomore in high school, she felt God calling her to become a pastor. She’ll never forget how, when she told her Opa, he said: “Jennifer, when you become a pastor, you preach the Bible!” Her Opa would be proud if he were still alive today, because she does exactly that.
Pastor Jen grew up in Aledo, Texas, where she participated in 4-H and FFA (raising rabbits, turkeys, lambs and swine). She then attended Texas Lutheran University. While at TLU, she was named “Miss Seguin” and went on to represent Seguin at the Miss Texas Pageant (where she won the Community Service Award).
Pastor Jen also met her husband, Chris Gold, at TLU. He grew up in New Braunfels and is now a CPA at Valero. They have two children—Zach (17) and Zane (14).
After graduating from TLU, Pastor Jen served as a youth pastor in Bandera for two years, splitting time between the Episcopalian and Lutheran churches there. She then obtained her Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
Thereafter, Pastor Jen returned to the San Antonio area to serve as Associate Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church. She would stay at Zion for nine fruitful years until God called her to serve in global missions. For the better part of the next decade, she led short-term missionary trips around the world to engage as many as possible in Christ’s Great Commission.
Pastor Jen believes the three most important aspects of pastoral leadership are spending time in God’s Word and in prayer, leading under the authority of God with honesty and integrity, and being a servant to others. She leads as one being led by the Spirit.
Worship and preaching are the parts of pastoral ministry that Pastor Jen is most passionate about. She loves creating an atmosphere where people of all ages, when they come to worship, can encounter the risen Christ.