Rev. Jennifer Kottler
Stated Supply Pastor
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Pastor Jen Kottler
Stated Supply Pastor
Pastor Jen came to JCPC on August 1, 2020 as stated supply pastor through a call extended to her from the Session, and she is so excited to be serving in ministry here. Before becoming the pastoral leader at John Calvin, she served as a certified life and leadership coach, yoga teacher, retreat leader and consultant. She has worked with numerous clergy and lay leaders who want to deepen their own spirituality and lead their communities with intentionality and grace. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with accreditation from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Ordained in the 2003, Jen has served Protestant Christian congregations in Illinois, New York and North Carolina. Her previous work includes serving as the Deputy Director of Protestants for the Common Good (Chicago IL), and Director of Policy and Advocacy at Sojourners (Washington, DC). She also served as an interim Assistant Pastor at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church (Geneva, IL), associate pastor at Park Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ) in New York City, and transitional pastor at United Community Church Tupper Lake, NY (in the beautiful Adirondack mountains). She believes that Christian spirituality is a practice; and as a practice, is done best in community.
Jen works with the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium to educate pastors on the skills needed to serve in ministry in congregations and communities in transition. She has provided leadership at Montreat Camp and Conference Center (NC), Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center (NV), and Ghost Ranch (NM), and has taught topics ranging from Understanding Family Systems, Managing Conflict, Creating Change, Conversational Intelligence, and Tools for Congregational Self-assessment.
Pastor Jen is married to Rev. Gavin Meek, Transitional Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk in New Harmony Presbytery (South Carolina). She has lived in West Florence with Gavin and her father Dick Kottler (who passed away in July 2021) since 2018. In addition to enjoying getting to know her community at JCPC, Jen enjoys swimming, entertaining, walking, yoga, cooking for family and friends, and traveling with Gavin.