Angela Jernigan, M.Div., is an artist and Family Minister in private practice in Berkeley, California. Rev. Jernigan left traditional ministry to build a community-based practice of support and education for parents of young children – regardless of their stated faith or spiritual beliefs.
In her words, “As ministers, we preach about love and justice, but for parents of young children, the most challenging moments are the ones we don’t talk about. What happens when a toddler is having a meltdown on the kitchen floor while dinner burns, and her older brother refuses to do his homework? What does LOVE look like then? What can JUSTICE look like in this moment?”
Rev. Jernigan has a life-long commitment to addressing the needs of children, youth, and the people and systems who support them. Her earlier work focused at the level communities, institutions, and public policies. More recently, her work focuses on the level of the family, supporting the parents and children to co-create a family system that helps them all thrive.
Rev. Jernigan works directly with parents through coaching, classes and community events.. A life-long artist, she also teaches classes and camps for children, using art, play, and connection to support their social and emotional development.
Prior to her direct-service work with families, Rev. Jernigan spent twelve years in the non-profit sector as a researcher, trainer, and organizational consultant working on local and national efforts to improve the life trajectories of some of our country’s most marginalized youth and children. This work involved researching, developing, and testing new models to support the advancement and empowerment of these populations, so they can succeed in their lives. Her clients included Public/Private Ventures, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Community Network for Youth Development, Vanguard Management Group and Community One Consulting.
Rev. Jernigan holds an honors degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BA in Sociology with an emphasis on the social construction of race and poverty. She hold a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. In 2012, Rev. Jernigan was ordained with the Northern California Conference of the United Church of Christ.
She resides in Berkeley, CA with her partner and daughter.