Jen DeJong

Vice President of Innovation, Ministry Architects

Topic: Transitioning Well

Session: Immaturity and Transition in Youth Ministry


Jen DeJong began working in youth ministry in 2002 as the Youth Program Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. She currently serves as Vice President of Innovation at Ministry Architects, responsible for implementing new products and services while providing consulting and coaching to church clients across the country.

Jen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Cognitive Studies and a minor in Communications. She also earned a M.S. at Vanderbilt in Developmental Psychology with a special emphasis on parental involvement in teenagers’ extracurricular activities. In 2013, Jen was a contributor to the book “Letters to a Youth Worker” (CYMT).

Jen currently resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Marc, their two daughters, Maria and Rose, and their two dogs, Mallie and Sage.