Jessica Singleton was born and raised in Washington and Saturday she will be ordained in the same Washington church she was baptized, Central Christian Church.
While in high school, she was active in NJROTC, band and the Central Christian Youth Group. She spent her summers at church camp in Bedford and these experiences helped develop a love of music, the outdoors and instilled a foundation of faith.
After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in journalism, Singleton joined the Peace Corps as a health education volunteer in Senegal. She lived and worked in a small village called Neinge for 18 months. The joys and struggles that come with this service helped her reconnect to her faith. After returning home, Singleton accepted a position as a reporter for a Kentucky newspaper and it was there that she felt a call to ministry. Service to others became an incredibly important part of her life, something that was missing from her job. She wanted to spend her life helping others navigate their faith journeys.
Singleton's next step in the journey was seminary. Her seminary experience started at Lexington Theological Seminary and she later transferred to Christian Theological Seminary. She served one year as a chaplain resident at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville and it took several years to discern where life after seminary would take her. The time as a chaplain resident showed her the powerful ministry that happens at the bedside and in the emergency room. There is something that is powerful that about serving people in times of crisis. The desperate cry of a stranger pleading, "chaplain, please pray with me."
For the last two years, Singleton served as the student pastor at St. Paul Christian Church in St. Paul, Indiana. These past years were also powerful in their own way. This is where she discovered a love for preaching and developed her understanding of pastoral leadership.
Singleton graduated from Christian Theological Seminary with a masters of divinity.