Youth Pastor School
My name is Jessica Brown, and I am an Ambassador of Christ, a wife, a mother, and a Youth Pastor. I was born prematurely with a hole in my heart, and doctors believed I would have a severe mental disability. With a blood transfusion and too many stitches to count, I made it through and defied the odds. Beginning in middle school, I started suffering from seizures, shaking then blacking out. After years of tests, doctors diagnosed me with Benign Peripheral Vertigo and Hypoglycemic.
During that time, I discovered a lot of things were different than they seemed. I was told if my mother had the option, she would have terminated me. My father was not dead, but in prison, with a life sentence. Further, my mother was adopted into the family I knew. My mother let me know how much she didn’t like children and told me how unattractive she believed my features were. I felt alone and ugly. Rejected by my mother’s adopted family after being beaten up by her boyfriend and sexually assaulted by my uncle, I became homeless just out of high school. I didn’t feel valued. I didn’t understand love. With no self-worth, I didn’t feel beautiful. Afraid of men, unable to trust, and with a scarred heart, I was broken.
God Changed Everything
BUT GOD! I found Him under a bridge. I found Him bartering for food and when I had lost everything else. While homeless, I found a home in Him. Made whole in God, and He was my Mother and Father. He taught me about love and removed the fear. He gave me a dance to talk to Him. Also, He healed me through food from Vertigo and Hypoglycemia after 14 years. He showed me my beauty and value. He taught me to be resilient.
I learned to love myself and met my husband through ministry. I also became a mother of two beautiful boys, a co-founder of a nonprofit (5A Elite Youth Empowerment), and a Youth Pastor for Central Baptist. Our church has trusted what God says about us and has allowed us to pastor their young people. We come alongside seasoned leaders in the ministry to glean from them, and we are covered with wise counsel. Our church is a blessing because they believe in family and welcomed both my husband and me as pastors. God provided us the word of Priscilla and Aquila and confirmed where we were to be through our head pastor’s decision for us to co-pastor the youth.
Youth Pastor Ministry and Study at CLI
Praising God and giving Him all the Glory, we preach the Kingdom and teach the things of Jesus Christ. God showed me the importance of empowering the youth. I help them address their trauma and encourage them so they can see who they are in Christ. What God brought me out of is to be used to help others. They aren’t too young to be used. Jesus’ ministry was entrusted to people so young they didn’t have to pay the temple tax; how much more should we be removing the young people from the “kiddy table” and providing them the meat.
Christian Leaders Institute is a youth pastor school that is an answer to prayer. Unable to go to a brick and mortar with my young children and unable to afford the costs associated with Christian education, CLI is wonderful. Outside of the convenience, CLI provides a quality curriculum and allows me to be further equipped for my service for God! (Learn more about Studying the Bible, Click Here) It is wonderful to study and learn with so many believers with different backgrounds and experiences. I request prayer for the youth in the Pennsylvania area to be drawn to the Lord and to be active for His Kingdom.