After a lifetime of being – at best – a lukewarm Catholic, I heard God’s call in the days following the earthquake in Haiti as my Haitian husband and I tried desperately to locate family. It transformed our faith and led us to the Episcopal Church. I went from feeling like I didn’t fit in at church to knowing that building God’s Kingdom is the only work I will ever do.
Missionally minded, my work has always been an effort to help transform communities. I have taught in Mexico and the U.S., built libraries in Haiti and Jamaica; served as Director of Social Transformation Ministries at St. Andrew’s in McKinney, Texas, and went on to pastor youth through the pandemic at Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas while developing a robust corps of volunteers and creating a safe virtual space for all. Along the way, I served as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the National Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, helped launch the BlessMobile, a mobile food ministry, and helped write a grant for the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Mumias, Kenya to build an educational center.
A postulant in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, I am now attending seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. When I’m not reading or writing for class, I am serving at a bilingual parish, St. Gabriel ~ San Gabriel, in Leesburg, Virginia, where I preach monthly (in English and Spanish), and offer pastoral care and healing prayer, among other things.
Though I am temporarily in Alexandria, my family and I moved to the Dallas area of Texas in 2011 where we continue to live. My husband and I have three adult children.
Thanks for reading!
Yours in Christ,
Dana M. Jean
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