Rev. Dr. Jennifer L. Stroud is entering her 20th year in ministry. She was called at a very early age while watching the minister in her childhood home church preach. At that time the Presbyterian denomination did not have many women in service as leaders of the church and so Dr. Jen figured that she mis-heard the voice of God and got married and was blessed by having and raising three children. Later, while raising her children in the church, she felt the call to become an ordained deacon and then an ordained elder and, finally, answered the call to the pastorate by entering seminary in her late 30’s. She has discovered with each passing year the more she seeks to serve the Lord the clearer His voice becomes and more assured she is of the love and teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Dr. Jen has recently followed God’s call to take a very small, historic, African American church under her wing and the church she serves, First Presbyterian of PSL has enabled her to follow that call. So every Sunday, Dr. Jen preaches at Goodwill Presbyterian on 29th St. in Fort Pierce at 9 O’clock and then travels the Indian River Drive to Walton Road to preach at First Presbyterian of Port St. Lucie at 10:30. Dr. Jen says that it is a busy and blessed day of worship! She wants everyone to know that a Christian path, though sometimes not easy, is always joyful. Following in the footsteps of the Lord blesses one with strength and peace and Dr. Jen seeks to help every soul she meets to develop a closer relationship with the Creator of All Things.
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