Stephanie Jenkins began as Director of Student Ministries in February 2019. Before serving at First UMC, she served as Director of Youth Ministries at Pineville United Methodist Church in Pineville, NC for eight years, and as a youth counselor 7 years prior to that. Stephanie holds two degrees from Virginia Tech: a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Information Systems and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. She also graduated from Pfeiffer University with a Master in Practical Theology in August 2019.
A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Stephanie grew up doing ballet, water skiing, gymnastics and cheerleading. Stephanie has a background in film; working on short films for Sesame Street, independent films and commercials. She also has 16 years of experience in sports television production with ESPN working on a variety of college sports. Stephanie is married to Lee, and they have a daughter, Ellen, and a son, Quint.
Stephanie likes to film, edit and incorporate videos into youth worship services and incorporate unique games into Sunday night fellowship; all with a focus on scripture. Two of her favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5 and Micah 6:8. As part of living out Micah 6:8, she loves to look for opportunities to serve locally and globally. She traveled on mission trips to Costa Rica in 2013, Honduras in 2017 and 2018, and El Salvador in 2018.
Stephanie loves sports, traveling, celebrating birthdays, Dr. Pepper, hot tea, chocolate, Chick-Fil-A, a good book, and a Star Wars or Marvels movie. Her door is always open for a chat.