Rev. Jennifer M. McDowell-Moreno, was born in Amarillo Texas.
She comes from a diverse religious family background. She is an Active Duty Army Wife, and the mother to two daughters, ages 11 and 6.
She started her walk with God as a young girl when attended Bible Heritage School in Amarillo from the age of 4 until she was 12. God blessed her with a talent and passion for singing, and at the age of 11 started private voice lessons, and began performing with the Amarillo Opera Company. Her first leading role as Queen of the Night in Magic Flute at 16.
Jennifer has performed with Opera Companies around the world and different organizations for over 25 years. Music has played an important role with her walk, as she uses this as a worship outlet.
She began her ministry walk in 2002, while stationed in Japan. She started with the Post Chapel in choir, and in time became the Music Minister for two different congregations on post.
As always, the Army has played a huge role in her success and blessed walk with the Disciples of Christ. In 2005, after relocating to Fort Carson, Colorado, her family started attending church at First Christian Church, Colorado Springs, and joined FCC on 31 December 2006. While stationed in Colorado, she sang with the Chancel Choir, and was a Deacon.
The Army moved them to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, and to the Lake of the Ozark’s Region in 2012; this is where she began to follow her call into ministry and working on her walk towards commissioning. Jennifer completed and graduated from Colorado State University Pueblo, with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Music and Mass Communication with a focus in Journalism.
With the blessing and affirmation of the Lake of the Ozark’s region, she served as pulpit supply for Dixon Christian Church and Stoutland Christian Church, and was a part of the First Christian Church Lebanon the Practice of Ministry group, until her moved to Fort Jackson South Carolina, in February 2015.
The Army brought Team Moreno to Fort Jackson and to First Christian Church Columbia, which is where they call their church home, and South Carolina as their home region. Since her arrival, she volunteers on Fort Jackson to include: Fort Jackson Housing Mayor, Fort Jackson Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, and United States Drill Sgt. Academy AIT Spouse Volunteer Instructor.
She has sang with the FCC Columbia Choir, and works with the Disciples of Christ South Carolina Region, under the supervision of Rev Sotello V Long, and Rev Melvin Brown, as an instructor for the Commissioned On Ministry Continued Education classes, and Co-Director for the Disciples of Christ Regional Conference, to be held September 29 thru October 2 2016 at First Christian Church Columbia. She is also behind the reconstruction of the Disciples of Christ South Carolina Homepage located at http://scdisciples.org/home she also serves as pulpit supply around the South Carolina Region.
She has been a facilitator for the Fort Jackson Protestant Women of the Chapel, and work closely with the United States Military Chaplin’s School, Located on Fort Jackson. And Jennifer serves as the Evangelism Director, and Military Ministries Minister for First Christian Church, Columbia. Jennifer is also a member of the Columbia Chorale Society.
In 2014, Jennifer received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Barrack Obama.