Jennifer Kerr Graves, MDiv

Associate Chaplain of Discipleship and Pastoral Care

Jennifer Kerr Graves (‘98) loves journeying alongside people as they seek to follow Jesus. She is a passionate lifelong student of the Bible, who particularly enjoys delving into the original languages and the social and cultural world of the Bible. She received her MDiv from Regent College with a concentration in the biblical languages (2010). She has a long experience of pastoral care ministry, particularly through offering Spiritual Direction, Supervision, and leading retreats for deepening relationship with the Triune God through Jesus.

Jennifer has a deep love of prayer, continually exploring new ways to encounter Christ in all of Life, and engaging daily spiritual practices that draw her and others into a loving and transformative relationship with Christ. She has a passion for social justice which she expresses in her work and relationships with the marginalized and quoting from the prophets. She also enjoys walks and hikes in our beautiful Pacific West Coast Rainforests and swimming in the ocean.

Hometown: Tilbury, ON

Favourite part about the job: The practical integration of psychology and theology; Loving God and Loving People—what gets better than this??

Favourite TWU tradition: Student Ministries Leadership; staff-supported students leading other students in spiritual formation

CliftonStrengths Top 5: Connectedness, Ideation, Futuristic, Strategic, Input

Work History Highlights: Supervisor (supervision and training of Spiritual Directors and Pastoral Care Practitioners; 2021-present), Spiritual Director (2007-present); Retreat Leader (2007-present); Listening Post (host of an inner-city retreat space in Vancouver’s DTES); Retreat Centre & Community Development (co-founder and developer of the Rivendell Hermitage Retreat Centre; member, Rivendell Society Board of Directors (member for 9 years; 5 years as Chair)

Enjoys: reading, writing, candle-making, playing strategy and word games; spiritual practices, formation, and development; reading the Bible in its original languages.

BA, Psychology (‘98), Trinity Western University                                                                      

MDiv, Biblical Languages Concentration (2010), Regent College                  

Spiritual Direction Certificate (2015), Art of Spiritual Direction, SoulStream

Publications: Making Space for the Spirit: Developing a Contemplative Christian Retreat Centre (Wipf & Stock Publishers, OR, USA, 2016)