Lyssa Jenkens is a Unitarian Universalist community minister providing consulting services for organizational and social change. Her projects range from leadership development and congregational governance to the creation of new programs and organizational structures to support social change initiatives. Her current focus is on the development of a toolkit for an interfaith organization serving immigrant populations through congregationally based English language programs.
Jenkens’ ministry draws on her long career in community and economic development. In addition to 20 years of service in regional infrastructure planning in north Texas and as Chief Economist for the Dallas Regional Chamber, Jenkens created an applied research program on the status of women and girls at the Dallas Women’s Foundation while completing her seminary education. She holds an M.Div from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Jenkens lives with her wife in Dallas, Tex., and serves as the affiliated minister with the UU Fellowship in Tyler, Texas. She remains active as a volunteer with many community and UU organizations, including UUSC, the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, KERA (the north Texas public broadcasting service), and the North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations.