American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Work Phone: 800.222.3872, x2143
Marcia Jessen has a vision for what she hopes to accomplish with her work at Judson Press: “Recognizing the importance of Bible study in transforming lives, I want to improve the quality of Journeys so that the adults who use it will come away from class feeling they’ve learned something new and exciting about the Bible. I want to provide leaders with the best possible teaching resource.”
One thing she really enjoys about her job is that as she reads and edits the lessons, she is constantly learning more about Bible stories and gaining a better understanding of Scripture. She says this is just one of the benefits of doing her kind of work for a faith-based organization.
Jessen’s work has meaning for her, not only because it is related to her faith, but because it also focuses on American Baptists specifically. The Journeys curriculum is currently the only curriculum produced by Judson. It is written by American Baptists, for American Baptists. Consequently, in addition to being a Bible study, Journeys lifts up American Baptist beliefs and history.
Previously, Jessen assisted in production of the annual Christian Education Planning Guide and Baptist Leader, resources designed to encourage, educate and equip disciples of Jesus Christ. Skills and preparation from that work serve her well now.
- B.A., Oriental Studies (Persian and Arabic language and literature), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Bilingual Commercial Correspondent degree, English and Danish, Southern Denmark Business School, Kolding, Denmark
- EEI (Editorial Experts Inc.) Communications
- Administrative assistant, Educational Ministries, Planning for Congregational Education, Education for Discipleship and Communications, 1992-2003
- Administrative assistant for American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Discipleship and Education Ministry Center, and Ministry Services, July 2003-July 2005
- July 2005, editorial associate, Judson Press
- Named curriculum editor for Judson Press: April 2006
- Birthday: July 10
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