TERRY JAURENA

Mission/Outreach/Communication Director

First Presbyterian Church, Fresno

Growing up as the child of an Air Force Sgt., home was England, then California, New Mexico, Texas and back to the Central Valley. Fresno has been home since 1979 when I moved here from Modesto to attend CSUF.

I loved teaching preschool during and right out of college. The desire for a living wage & health benefits propelled me to a couple of positions with Tulare County's Head Start & State Preschool program, first as a teacher trainer and then Education & Staff Development Coordinator. A hunger to work for more eternal purposes took me to Seminary and then back to my home church where I've served since 1993.

I see work as the major vehicle through which I contribute my gifts and talents to the community. It's a place I learn & grow, rise to challenges and discover my strengths and weaknesses in terms of tasks as well as relationships.