Jessica Shrock ’04

Major: Bible and religion

Now: Pastor of youth and young adults and director of Christian Education at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio

What are the most challenging and enjoyable aspects of your job?

I have had a steep learning curve, but I don’t think ministry can be learned best in the classroom. I love my job. I think the most enjoyable aspect is watching youth grow and mature in the short period of time I’ve been here. I can’t wait to see what a few years will bring.

How has your Goshen College experience shaped and prepared you for what you are doing now?

Goshen College gave me countless opportunities to explore ministry within an organized context. I was on the chapel committee my junior year as a transfer student, which helped me connect with the spiritual life of the campus, as well as the traveling worship team leader in the same year. I was then able to work with GC Campus Ministries as the special programs coordinator my senior year. Within these areas of leadership, I learned how to become a servant leader who works at growing others.

What are your vocation and life goals?

I am open to the plans God has for my life. I will be somewhere in the church, and I’m excited to see where.

How has Goshen’s motto, “Culture for Service,” impacted the way you choose to live and pursue your vocational calling?

I definitely became aware of being a global citizen and to be a model servant leader. It has inspired me to live and to teach a life of simplicity, justice and peace, all within the context of living my life for and in the person of Jesus Christ.