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The Rev. Jenny Newman


Fresh out of seminary, Jenny began as our Priest-in-Charge and USM Chaplain in June of 2021 and was called as Rector in September 2023..  She believes the gifts of our congregation – hospitality and compassion in particular – offer just what the world needs most.  After all, who isn’t longing for true community?  There is no greater joy for Jenny than to see others recognize their belovedness and belonging. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you find your place alongside us!


Previously, she worked in neurocognitive research at UMMC in Jackson, MS, and also taught psychology and counseling at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS as well as Belhaven University in Jackson, MS.  

In addition to serving as rector of Ascension, Jenny serves as the chaplain for Canterbury: The Episcopal Church at the University of Southern Mississippi.  In that role, she enjoys meeting students and walking alongside them as they continue to discover who and whose they are, and what they want to do in their one wild and precious life.  She also forms half of the duo behind Little Coracles, LLC, a ministry dedicated to holy adventure.  In that work, she and The Rev. Jennifer Deaton, lead pilgrims to thin places like Iona and Ireland.


Jenny’s best mate is Bailey, her 11 year old Westie who has become the unofficial greeter at the church office.  Bailey warmly welcomes all who enter, and  she often charges them a tax comprised totally of  attentive petting.  In her downtime, Jenny finds inspiration with her nephews and niece, in her kayak, and in her flower gardens.

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