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Elkhart, Indiana

Ann Jacobs

Training and Resources Specialist — Urban and African American Ministries

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I've been with Mennonite Mission Network for 20 years. I began my work in 2007, as the church relations resource and network associate. My role at Mennonite Mission Network as training and resource specialist is to advance biblical and theological training and advocacy that inspire and support members of their faith communities. I'm a licensed minister, teacher, motivational speaker and group facilitator. I share the inspiration of leaders who seek to hold space for the difficult questions that deepen their core values and principles for social justice. My work has been best developed through grassroots initiatives, growing out of the Black and African American traditional Mennonite voice , who desire more than imagination — to make available partnerships that support the work of mission and ministry in the African American communities that compliments the diversity of the Mennonite church. 

I'm a member of the New Life Fellowship Ministry in South Bend, Indiana. I received my business administration degree from Davenport College in Mishawaka, Indiana, in 1982. I am inspired by my Womanist and Black studies work at Indiana University, in South Bend, Indiana. I received my Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Christian faith formation in 2021 from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana.  

My husband, Booker, and I live in South Bend, Indiana.  

I believe that networking is an invitation to experience the body of Christ—infused by God's love, peace, healing and salvation—to strengthen our witness to the world.

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