Native of Greenville, Mississippi, Jerjuanna says she somewhat grew up as a “preacher’s kid” because the father figure in her life – her uncle – was a pastor. Although she went to church every Sunday, she only followed that lifestyle because she had to. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Communications from Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS). She packed up and moved to Jonesboro, Arkansas, to pursue a Master’s Degree in Radio and Television Production at Arkansas State University. Jerjuanna says she truly started following Christ during her time in Jonesboro. She finally realized that she didn’t have to live up to other people’s expectations. She felt the weight of her sin, but in the midst of it, she felt the Lord saying, “I am the peace that surpasses all understanding. I am who you have been searching for all along.” Jerjuanna describes this as the moment she gave her life to Christ.
Jerjuanna moved to Memphis to participate in the Downline Ministries Emerging Leaders program, a nine-month discipleship program designed to equip young adults in Biblical knowledge. Participants in this program are required to work, and while she was job searching, many people pointed her in the direction of MAM. However, her response was, “I don’t want to work in youth ministry. I don’t think it’s for me.” Although she did end up working in youth ministry, MAM was not her first employment opportunity. She began working with the Memphis Grizzlies and at Hope Presbyterian Church. While working at Hope, a former MAM employee approached her and said, “I know the perfect job for you.” Sure enough, it was an opportunity with MAM.
Jerjuanna began working at MAM as a full-time Youth Coordinator at Bethel LaBelle in June of 2018. She describes the MAM Bethel LaBelle team as a fun and playful family. The staff are able to demonstrate what it looks like to have friendships with the opposite sex and a true picture of the body of Christ.
Jerjuanna says that the kids are hands down her favorite part about working at MAM. She enjoys coaching a sports team because she can use that time as so much more than just a practice or a game. For example, she is able to creatively share the Gospel and teach life lessons with the team, and they don’t even realize they’re learning because it is combined with something they love – sports.
One of Jerjuanna’s most memorable moments over the last year was a Bible study on Matthew 14 when Peter walked on water. The lesson focused on trust, and she incorporated the trust fall activity. One student did not want to participate at all! She said, “I don’t even trust my own family. Why would I trust you to catch me?” After about ten minutes of encouragement, the girl finally did it, and when she fell back and was caught by another student, she was completely amazed. She could not believe that the other student actually caught her.
Jerjuanna has grown in her leadership skills over the last year at MAM. She also mentions that she is a complete introvert, but MAM is highly-relational. She has grown in sharing her testimony and life with MAM kids.