divorces at ages six and eighteen, Jen Abbas is well aware of the lifelong effects
of divorce. With an ever-changing family structure, she struggled with a feeling
of displacement for as long as she can remember. As an adult, she discovered that
the effects of her parents' divorces affected her more each year, not less, as
she became increasingly unsure of her desire, willingness and ability to marry.
Despite entering a relationship with Jesus Christ at age 19, Jen spent most of
her twenties establishing a sense of home for herself in her career.
graduating from Drake University
with a BA in Human Relations, Religion and Linguistics, she worked in Student
Life at colleges in Texas and Wisconsin. As she mentored staff members, counseled
students and presented programs on various life issues, Jen discovered her love
for impacting lives for Christ. In 1995, Jen moved off campus to explore the business
world, volunteering her newfound free time at Christian music festivals and events.
In 1997, she moved to Iowa to work for a distributor of Christian products. After
a short stint as Graphic Designer, she was promoted to Marketing & Promotions
Manager. She returned to Wisconsin after reading Bob Briner's Roaring
Lambs, where she took a job with an ad agency whose primary clients
were the Green Bay Packers and Ducks Unlimited. In 1999, convinced that her passion
and calling was to the Christian market, Jen accepted a job with Family
Christian Stores, the nation's largest Christian retailer. From her initial
hire as copywriter, Jen has been promoted to her current position of Copy & Content
Chief. In this custom-created position, Jen writes features, reviews and other
editorial descriptions of the products carried by the chain and interviews artists
and authors for FamilyChristian.com.
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