Jami describes herself, first and foremost, as a child of God and believes her Christian walk is an exciting journey. Additionally, she’s a wife, mother, daughter, “Mimi”, sister to 4 other strong women, and aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Jami has called Arab home for 25 years, but before that had lived in Mankato, Minnesota, Denver, Colorado and Lexington, Kentucky. Her childhood years were spent in eastern Iowa, traveling every Sunday after church to one of her two sets of grandparents’ farms. She graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where she earned a degree in Communication. It was during that time she met her husband David, who’s getting ready to retire.
Jami loves being in worship, especially praising through song, playing hand bells, working with the children of Arab First, and coordinating special worship events throughout the year. Jami and her “co-hort” Debby Heidt have worked with the children’s ministries for many years, feeling strongly that “Methodists sing!” and want to help our children develop a passion for praising God through the worship arts. In addition to her passion for music, she loves working with each crew for the “Living Last Supper”, presented bi-annually at Arab First. That group has been known to launch a few acting careers for the local Marshall County theater program! The seasons of the church are a special time for Jami, where she finds that for herself and others, beautiful traditions are created and kept.
In her time outside of church-life, Jami works in Huntsville at Redstone Arsenal as a Program Analyst. She and David both enjoy cooking for themselves and for family and friends. In addition, Jami loves spending time with her family, which includes her parents Dick and Toots, son Alec, daughter Leah, son-in-law Shawn, and the newest member of the Russell family, grandson Elias!
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Jami and David are world travelers, having spent 3 years in Brussels, Belgium working and enjoying the culture of Europe. They both still love to travel, finding the local restaurants and “hole-in-the walls” that only natives visit. Jami loves sports, especially college basketball, football (Roll Tide and go Broncos!) and anything Olympics related.
Jami believes that volunteers are the backbone of church ministry, so if you’re looking for a place to serve, just give her call at 256-586-7696, contact her on Facebook, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.