Jennifer Howington has joined Texas Baptists’ Center for Church Health as the new Preschool and Children’s Ministry Specialist. She brings nine years of experience in children’s ministry to the new role and previously served as Minister of Preschool/Children’s at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne.
“Jennifer's reputation for excellence in ministry and her relational skills are the perfect fit to lead us forward in childhood ministry among our Texas Baptist churches. She knows ministry from the perspectives of minister, volunteer, student, and educator,” David Adams, director of Discipleship, said. “I am excited to introduce her to our childhood ministers, pastors, and other leaders across the state as we all partner for healthy churches that thrive in making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
In her new role, Howington will help and minister to children’s ministers, volunteers and pastors across Texas, as well as connect them to useful Texas Baptists resources. She will also offer training and workshops designed to help those who lead children's ministry leaders better serve their congregations.
“Children’s ministry is the foundation of our church, and we need to put a significant emphasis on the spiritual growth of our children,” Howington said. “We know ministry can be hard at times, so I’m excited to be an advocate and resource for these ministers.”
Howington received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry from Dallas Baptist University and is in pre-residency for a doctorate in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Howington, who has a background in accounting, served as a financial analyst for Park Cities Baptist Church and a credit analyst at First Financial Bank in Cleburne before she felt called to children’s ministry at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne. She is also an adjunct professor at Howard Payne University, where she teaches a course about ministering to children.
“This position is all my passions wrapped up into one. I love teaching, I love children’s ministry and I love serving others,” Howington said. “I’m excited to begin this journey with Texas Baptists.”