Jan J. Owen
Jan Owen is a native Alabamian with strong family roots at the University of Alabama as a fourth generation graduate. After spending fifteen years in ministry, Jan returned to school and finished her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Depth Study in Leadership from the University of Alabama in 2016. She is currently serving as a graduate assistant at CrossingPoints while working towards her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her vocational goal is to become a grief counselor working with bereaved clients overcoming life’s losses. In the past Jan has worked at several local churches in the north Alabama area as a worship pastor and founded a non-profit organization to provide free leadership training and resources for leaders in developing countries. Through her work in Rwanda, India, and Guatemala, she learned much more than she ever taught and describes her international work as “life changing". Currently, Jan volunteers her time offering encouragement for widowed individuals through administrating online support groups. She also puts together the annual Widow2Widow project which provides gift boxes to newly widowed individuals during the holidays each year. Jan has written a book, Fighting Forward: A Widow’s Journey From Loss to Life. Her role at CrossingPoints is supporting students as they find employment and learn their jobs. She shared that the students at CrossingPoints have taught her valuable life lessons and each day she looks for what she can learn from them. Jan says when she goes to work, “I look at them everyday and remember, “We all have dreams”. When she’s not studying, Jan loves to stand up paddle board, lift weights, read, travel, play with her dog, Ruby, and cheer on the Crimson Tide.