February’s Spotlight is here!
Meet Jen Huntley, a Linden Hall Class of 2007 graduate. Jen is passionate about helping others and using her creativity to solve problems. Interested? Read on!
Tell us about yourself.
My name when I went to Linden Hall was Jen Darrell, and I graduated with the Class of 2007. I went to film school at Ithaca College in NY, and then moved to Texas where I worked in the media department of a large Christian summer camp for a few years. I married my husband, Jared Huntley, in 2014 in a vineyard in Florence, Texas. We are Christian missionaries and church planters who have started two churches so far. The first was just outside of Toronto, Canada where we lived for four years, and the second is in Washington, D.C., where we live now.
What are you passionate about in your work?
Right now, I hold a part-time position as a communications director for a non-profit that supports the children and families of a local Latino community. I also freelance as a graphic designer, photographer, and video editor for churches and nonprofits. I am passionate about helping those with life-changing missions communicate well to the people they are trying to reach.
What is one of your favorite things about your job?
I enjoy seeing the results of a finished product bringing value to the real world. Like a flyer for a Thanksgiving meal giveaway bringing people from the community to the event where they can get free food and gift cards, or a photo in an email newsletter describing the impact of a nonprofit that results in new donations.
In what ways has your Linden Hall experience had an impact on your career and who you are today?
Linden Hall came at a pivotal time in my life when I needed a sense of security to come out of my shell and really flourish. Since it is a small school and we really got to know everyone, I wasn't as intimidated or shy; I really got to have fun and be myself. It was also important having a personal connection to teachers who encouraged creativity and lots of time spent on campus using my creativity making little videos or working on photography projects. That helped me make the choice to go to film school and everything that followed.
What piece of advice would you share with current Linden Hall girls?
Ask questions, do research, be creative. Explore faith, pray, try reading the Bible. Enjoy your friendships, don't waste time on being petty or bullying because, before you know it, you'll be graduated and on to other adventures.
JUST FOR FUN
What is your favorite book?
The book of Romans in the Bible.
What are you currently binge watching on TV?
What’s your favorite quote?
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." - Romans 8:1-2
Name three things you couldn't live without.
My husband, Jared, Adobe Creative Cloud, and spending time outside in nature.