Pastor Jennifer Chrien was born and raised in northern New Mexico. Her undergraduate education was at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master of Divinity Degree in 2012. She wrote a master’s thesis on the book of Ecclesiastes. Pastor Jennifer served at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oxnard before being called to Shepherd of the Valley.

Pastor Jennifer’s husband, Steve Simpson is also an ordained Lutheran pastor. They share their home with two cats and a little dog.