Jenny Connell

Women's Ministry Leader

Amazing Grace Women’s Ministry Mission:
As women united in love, faith and worship by the word of God, the Amazing Grace Women Ministry’s purpose is to live a life in front of others that displays the hope and grace we have found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our desire is to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and that his purpose be perfected in each of us. Knowing that through the Holy Spirit we will be able to reach the hurting and broken and give them hope. That we will learn together, laugh together, cry together & grow together. Doing all things in love & unity and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:13-14
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

About Me:
My name is Jenny Connell. I was lead by the Holy Spirit in 2012 to start the Women’s Ministry at River of Life Worship Center. God gave me a vision for our ladies. He revealed to me how powerful we are when we stand United in Love and do all things through the power of the Holy Spirit. We have an amazing group of Godly women and it is an honor to be a part of their lives! I know that God has great plans for us!
I live in New Site Alabama and have been married to my husband Greg for 10 years. I am the mother of 5 wonderful children and grandmother of 5 amazing grandchildren. Life is not always easy, but I have learned to let go and give God control. He can handle things much better than me! I love life & I thank God everyday for his favor & many blessings upon me and my family. I truly live a blessed life!
God has made a way in my life where I thought there was no way! You see, 14 years ago I had given up on life. I was depressed & sick all the time and had become a very bitter, angry and negative person. I remember laying on the floor and crying out to God to please take me home, but God had a different plan. I no longer live in the shame of my past, but in the peace of my Savior! I choose to live for the glory of God and use my story to help the hurting & broken. I pray that thru my story they will find hope!

My Story:
Life was not easy growing up, but one thing that I do admire is that I was raised in church. My parents believed in the word of God. Gospel music was the only music that I remember ever being played in our home. At the age of 5 I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. At the age of 12 I receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Due to circumstances, I moved away from home and supported myself during my Senior year of high school. I worked 2 jobs and went to school so there was not much time for God. I got out of church and only focused on working & fulfilling the desires of my flesh. I got married in 1994 at the age of 21 and our twin boys were born March 18, 1995. I thought life was great! My family was my world! I had a wonderful job and I loved my life. I had my 3rd son on December 14, 2000. In 2001 things really started getting bad in my marriage, but I was not willing to give up. August 15, 2002 we had our 2nd set of twins. In December 2002 I was terminated from my job due to them not thinking I could work having 5 children. Due to losing my job my vehicle was repossessed and I couldn’t pay our mortgage. I had started back in church because that is how I wanted my children raised, but I was not functioning in the power of the Holy Spirit that I once knew. The enemy was haunting me and filling my life with fear. I lived my life in complete torment for over a year believing everything the enemy threw my way. Despite my love for my husband my marriage ended in 2003 with my divorce becoming final in 2004. My heart was ripped to pieces! I became an unemployed single mom of 5 children (two 1 year olds, a 2 year old & two 8 year olds) with no transportation and on the verge of losing my home. DHR got involved and I almost lost my children due to my mental state and not being able to support them. My happily ever after became a nightmare! Life was a struggle! I found myself full of hatred, bitterness & jealousy. My heart became hardened and I became a very negative person. I was the person that nobody in there right mind could stand to be around. I didn’t even wanna be around me! I knew what I had to do but it wasn’t easy. I had to forgive in order to find life again. I had to lay it all down at the feet of Jesus! Every Sunday I found myself at the alter. I would let it go and pick it back up time and time again. The day my life started changing was the day I told Jesus that I had realized that my pain was greater than me and that I couldn’t let go without his help. I told him my desire was to forgive, but my flesh was weak. I asked Jesus to take it from me and help me forgive everyone who has ever hurt me. I just wanted to be free! I found myself completely broken at the feet of Jesus. My God taught me the importance of forgiveness and thru his grace I no longer live my life in the shame of my past. You see, Jesus paid the price on Calvary for our sin & shame. He paved the way for us if we would only seek him and believe. He is faithful and he will cleanse us thru his blood. He tells us in Romans 10:9 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
God is not a respecter of person. What he does for one he will do for all. God made a way in my life where there seemed to be no way and he will do the same for anyone who asks of him. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness! There is hope in Jesus! I have found that living my life completely devoted to Jesus Christ is worth it! There is no place I’d rather be than completely saturated in him!
My desire is to live a life fully pleasing to God. At the end of my life I want to hear Jesus say good job my good and faithful servant. God has brought me out of so much and now I choose to use it for his glory.
We were not created for our Glory but for God’s glory. It is not about us, but about him!

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