Jessica Anschutz, ‘07 M.Div.


New York
New York

Jessica Lynn Anschutz is originally from Cabot, Arkansas and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from Rhodes College in 2000.  After graduation, Jessica pursued her passion for social justice as Rhodes’ Community Service Coordinator until she enrolled at Yale Divinity School (YDS).  While at YDS, she was actively involved in the Yale Committee for Social Justice, YDS Peacemakers, and the Methodist Society and served as the Community Life Committee (CLC) Co-Coordinator.  As the Child Advocacy Intern at the Capitol Region Conference of Churches, she engaged and empowered faith communities to address the needs of Connecticut’s homeless children.  

Following her graduation from YDS in 2007, Jessica served as the Associate Pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church in New York City through July 2011.  She was honored to be a member of the 2010-2011 Lewis Fellows Cohort of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. Jessica was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2011 and is currently appointed as the Pastor of Central Valley United Methodist Church in Orange County, New York.

She has served as the Chair of class agents for Yale Divinity School since 2008 and was elected to the Yale Alumni Fund (YAF) Board of Directors in 2009, and its Executive Committee in 2011. In addition to service to Yale, Jessica serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and on the Board of Directors for Alliance Africa, an organization that supports and empowers local, community-based organizations working on sustainable development in Africa.