Jennifer Svetlik

Jennifer Svetlik

Jennifer Svetlik

Advancement Associate

Fun Fact: Recently discovered how to ferment vegetables – easy and delicious!

What passions and experiences brought you to JVC’s Staff?

A passion for forming young people in deepening of faith and responding to oppression and brokenness, leading to a revitalization of the U.S. Church through justice and tenderness. My volunteer year with Sojourners in Washington DC was formative and I’m grateful to help support that experience for others.

What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?

Gardening is a full-body experience that brings me closer to our Creator. Helping tend and steward the earth’s creativity provides models for how to live the rest of my life, seeking to foster environments where others can thrive.

What social justice issue are you most passionate about and why?

Racial justice. Over past five years I’ve been on a journey to understand my whiteness and privilege, the impact it’s had on me and others, and what my response can be particularly as a Catholic in a church with a sinful, racist history. Seeking reconciling relationship has been my primary lens while living in Washington DC over the past eight years, and the journey is just beginning.

What is most rewarding about your role at JVC?

Being able to share the stories of JVC with our community of JVs, FJVs, supporters and funders. I am also thankful for the flexibility to work part-time while caring full-time for my son Ezra.

What is your favorite passage from the bible and why?

Jeremiah 18:1-6, because it challenges me to be open to God’s abundant, unexpected creativity in my life & in the world. Perhaps JVC is like a Potter’s House – a place where people open to change are molded into service for and with others.