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Living her preference of a low-toxic lifestyle, when Jessica is not sitting impatiently in the Chick-fil-A drive thru, she's homeschooling, baking bread, homesteading or folding laundry! She will occasionally try to make her hair look good, but it has to be a worthy event! Otherwise, she's spraying dry-shampoo and running on coffee! Adoption education is her heart cry; growing families is just an added bonus! She is a professional prank artist, has never gotten a speeding ticket, and is never sarcastic! When asked what is the best part of her job, she replied, "my job? I forget that it's technically called that. Kingdom work is never a job; it's just simply the merging place between my calling in this life, and an enjoyable hobby.
Favorite Coffee Order: "cowgirl coffee, black with honey!"
Favorite Hobby: gardening, baking, homesteading
Favorite Bible Verse: "Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace." -Romans 6:13-14
Lover of Christian rap, David loves riding with the windows down and the music turned way up! As a member of the US Military, David serves an active duty job during the daytime hours, and wears his Chief Financial Officer cape at night (after helping his wife ^, Jessica, fold laundry, of course)! He works for the Weapons of Mass Destruction with the US Army and while that is a very serious job that takes a lot of dedication and allegiance, he is an amazing father and husband! He is a Private Pilot, an incredible wakeboarder, enjoys woodworking, and always needs extra space in the church pew in case he feels the Spirit movin'! He is the sole reason Jessica and their three kiddos are ever anywhere on time, and it takes a lot to frustrate him. When asked what his favorite part of the day is, he claims, "coming home to 4 smiling faces and 4 big kisses. The excitement shown to me when I get home is definitely my favorite."
Favorite Coffee Order: "black, the way our ancestors drank it" (cowboy coffee)
Favorite Hobby: being a Private Pilot
Enneagram: 9 wing 1
Favorite Bible Verse: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8
Shelbi, Adoptive Family Coordinator
Shelbi was born a small town Ohio girl, who now lives in the big city with her family. When she’s not mom-ing, you’ll likely find her baking bread while listening to 90s music. She has dreams of her family owning a bit of land and being a true homesteader, raising and growing their own food and living a sustainable lifestyle. In the wait with their adoption journey, she realized how much of a true passion she had for educating others about adoption. Their adoption gave her experience with older child placement, and she wants to encourage clients to keep your heart open for God to move in new ways. When the opportunity came to serve Mustard Seed clients it felt like such a full-circle moment to be apart of this space in a bigger capacity; an honor and a privilege to faithfully help clients navigate adoption.
Favorite Coffee Order: Latte
Favorite Hobby: Yoga, reading, baking
Enneagram: 4 wing 5
Favorite Bible Scripture: "He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Phil 1:6
Katy, Adoptive Parent Coordinator
Katy is a Nashville-native, as is her husband Jacob! She is a lover of Clemson football, Chick-fil-A, and all things cheetah print! Her heart for adoption began long ago when her parents adopted her younger brother from Russia! They went on to begin a nonprofit for Russian orphans that she was able to be a part of at only 12 years old. She knew even at that young age that adoption was a calling of hers, and was able to fulfill that calling in May of 2021 when Jacob and Katy welcomed their daughter, Addison James! She serves as one of our Adoptive Parent Coordinators and said, “As an enneagram 2 with a passion for adoption, it is truly a dream come true to be able to walk alongside our MSAC families and be a resource, a prayer partner, and an encourager through their process!”
Coffee: vanilla iced coffee
Hobby: cricut crafting
Enneagram: 2 wing 1
Favorite verse: Isaiah 43:19 “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
AJ, Family Financial Counselor
AJ has been helping young families navigate their early financial years since 2012. He specializes in helping families with pre-college age children, hopeful adoptive parents and parents who have completed the adoption process.
"I feel it is important for us to practice patience, especially within our parenting and finances. My favorite part of helping families (especially husbands) navigate these waters is seeing each family grow in Christ through their journey."
AJ graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Accounting and Finance and enjoys spending time with his wife, and their 5 children, hiking, hunting, fishing and enjoying God's creation.
Favorite Coffee Order: Americano, with a little bit of cream
Favorite Hobby: hunting
Enneagram: 3 wing 4
Favorite Bible Verse: "Blessed in the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." Psalms 127:5
Prospective Client Coordinator
Jennie is our Southern California gal, who is married to her best friend and is a mama to her sweet Littles. When she isn’t homeschooling or reading, she is watching Christmas Cookie Baking Challenge, pursing photography, or watching NBA. Jennie and her husband felt called many years ago to open their home to a child through adoption. When asked about her “why”, she said, “The Lord opened His home and His heart so I could become His child through adoption, and we wanted to do the same.” In April of 2023, they welcomed a son into their home through adoption and feel so grateful. Since then it has been her heart’s desire to come alongside other families in their adoption journeys. It is a gift and a complete “pinch me, I must be dreaming!” feeling to be part of MSAC and this amazing community. She is so excited to pray and walk this holy path of adoption with you.
Favorite coffee order: I don’t drink coffee!
Favorite Hobby: currently royal icing cooking decorating
Favorite Bible verse: “Faith is being sure of what you hope for, and certain of what you do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Prospective Client Coordinator
Jenn is a born and raised Nashvillian, living in the suburbs with her husband, daughter, and son. She loves hiking, traveling, and seeing live music. Jenn is the child of an adoptee, and has been familiar with adoption as long as she can remember. She and her husband have been through the adoption process twice, with two very different experiences. Through those two experiences, Jenn became passionate about adoption education and ethics. She keeps a close eye on adoption legislation across the country, and seeking out voices from across the adoption constellation to learn from.
Coffee: For hot coffee, always a cortado. For iced, a latte or Americano with cream and no sweetener.
Hobbies: gardening and baking
Enneagram: 6, with pretty balanced 5 and 7 wings
Bible verse: "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10
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