Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs.
Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area.
Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire.
Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President).
Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others.
But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.