April 18, 2012

Navigation Team Profile: Jenny Ford

Favorite Movie: Royal Tenenbaums, Lars and the Real Girl, Away We Go
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry

Bio:
I grew up in Odessa, Tx with my dad (Jim), mom (Denise), little sister (Emily), and poodle (Sweet Ebony). My mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was young and passed away when I was in high school . The trial of her illness and her passing has shaped me more than any event in my life. My dad as since remarried and I inherited and stepmom (Nelda) and two stepbrothers (Chane and Andy). I loved music from an early age and went to the University of North Texas to study classical voice. My senior year of college I figured out how to graduate faster and transferred across town to Texas Woman’s University to finish my last year. After college I spent 3 months in Shanghai, China and started dating Jason. When we returned from China, we both spent nine months working while attending an intensive Bible training program through Denton Bible Church. After we completed, we married and moved to Memphis, TN where we were apart of a church plant focusing on racial reconciliation, Fellowship Memphis. After we had been in Memphis a year and a half, we began to ask the question if this was a longer term move for us. After much discussion we decided we loved Memphis but felt like we had another place calling us. A month later we were in Austin.

Why Austin?
We loved Memphis but started to feel a pull somewhere else. One of Jason’s business mentors suggested we try to move to Austin. He thought is would be a good fit for our family. I had nannied in Austin one summer in college and loved it. We found a great job and housing near downtown (which was a goal for us). While living in Memphis we had developed a love for living in intentional community in an urban setting.

Why Vox?
Our move to Vox was much like our move from Memphis to Austin. We felt called to something new, though we love where we left. We were excited that Vox was in our neighborhood and that it was a racially diverse community. We love being apart of liturgy, we felt like it was a place where we could grow, and we thought we could contribute to the community.

What gives you life and energy?

  • God grace and love
  • Jason consistently pursuing me
  • Myles’ view of people and the world
  • Poodle kisses
  • Mentoring
  • Orphan care
  • My family (especially my Nana, if you are around me you will hear some great Nana stories).
  • Our home – making a safe and secure nest for my crew and inviting people into that
  • Good food
  • Tasty beverages
  • The people and streets of Austin (especially East)

What are your dreams for the Vox community?
My dream for Vox is that we will live in unity and that will be our testimony as a community. I hope that we will strive to live as one in continual harmony: helping those around us, fighting selfishness, and seeking humility.

“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:21-23 KJV)

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