03 Oct Meet the Team: Jenna Wayment (Generation LINK Assistant Director)
Where did you graduate from and what did you study?I graduated from Clemson University in 2009 with a degree in English. Since then, I have been attending Southeastern Baptist Seminary as an extension student and am working towards a Master of Divinity.
What led you to do Generation LINK?My senior year of college I was studying abroad in London and was removed from the Christian community I had formerly known at Crosspoint Church. By God’s grace, He provided a wonderful church in London that welcomed me immediately and pursued me. Through that experience, God continued to develop a desire in my heart to do ministry and to pursue people in and outside of the body of Christ the way I had been pursued. I was torn between going to seminary as a full time student or doing Generation LINK. As I began to pray about it and receive wise counsel, I saw the beauty of being able to do full time ministry in the local church and receive seminary training at the same time! How could I not take advantage of such an incredible opportunity to not only receive seminary training, but to put that training into practice by doing ministry at a healthy church? After realizing the value and uniqueness of Generation LINK, I knew it was what God was calling me to do and I have never regretted that decision!
What is your job role now?After doing Generation LINK for two years and working with international student ministry, college ministry, and mercy ministry, I transitioned into my role as Generation LINK Assistant Director. That means that I’m Jeremy Chasteen’s assistant (Director of Generation LINK) and I help him with all the areas he gives oversight to (that includes international partnerships, college ministry, and Generation LINK). A large part of my job is administrating Generation LINK, recruiting students to our summer and one year programs, working with church plants that are starting Generation LINK in their location, and shepherding women and college girls at Crosspoint. Some days I still wake up in amazement that I get to do a job that I often don’t feel qualified for but that, by God’s grace, I love so much!
What excites you most about Generation LINK?One of my favorite parts of my job is networking with church planters across the country. I love hearing about how the Lord is working in their location and helping them to contextualize Generation LINK to their church. I’m really excited to see where the Lord takes Generation LINK and how He, prayerfully, uses it across the country and world to equip the next generation of laborers for His kingdom and His glory! Another thing that excites me is seeing fruit from students who have done Summer LINK or our one-year residency. Now that the program has been around for 7+ years, it’s beautiful to see the impact that Generation LINK has made on the lives of our alumni as they are working in ministry and in the secular workplace. I pray that impact will only continue to grow as the program develops.
What 2-3 books have been most formative in your walk with Christ?It’s hard to narrow it down, but here’s the top 3 books that have had a huge impact on my walk with Christ:
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent
- Humility by C.J. Mahaney
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?I really love being with people and friends so I would say one of my favorite things to do is to have friends over for a game night or to grab coffee with a friend. I also love decorating, DIY projects (maybe I should add simple DIY projects because when they’re complicated I get just get impatient and frustrated!), cooking/baking, reading, photography, and going on runs and hikes.
What is your typical coffee shop order?It really depends on the season. I’m definitely a sucker for seasonal drinks so right now I’d have to say a pumpkin spice latte (I know, I’m a fan of the “girly” drinks)!