Jennifer Webb, Director of Ministry & Communication
Jennifer Webb was born in Urbana, Ill., and is the second-oldest of five children. She grew up in St. Gabriel Parish in Concord Township. Her parents were actively involved in the parish and Lake County Right to Life, and she learned early on the importance of being connected to the Church community through the sharing of time, talent and treasure.
She attended St. Gabriel School through the eighth grade, and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Chardon. At Kent State University, she earned a degree in journalism, serving as editor of the student newspaper and supervising the goofy young man who would become her husband. When they graduated from KSU, Craig and Jennifer were hired as staff reporters at The News-Herald in Mentor, Ohio, and they were married in 1991.
In 1994, Jennifer became features editor at what then was the Cleveland diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Universe Bulletin. When their second daughter was born in 1998, she left full-time work to pursue her vocation as a mother. She launched a freelance writing and editing career, working regularly for a wide range of magazines and news organizations, which allowed her to work from home while raising their children.
The family moved to Medina in 2000 and joined St. Francis Xavier Parish. Over the years, Jennifer and Craig became involved in a variety of parish ministries, including the day school, Christ Renews His Parish, the 150th anniversary yearlong celebration, Scouts, music ministry and more. All five of their children have attended St. Francis Xavier School.
In 2006, Jennifer joined the parish Stewardship Committee and began writing and editing the parish’s Navigator newsletter. In 2014, Jennifer joined the parish staff part time to expand the parish’s efforts to engage more people in the life of the parish, improve communications, and support ministry leaders in their vital work.
She enjoys spending time with her family, especially those scarce hours when she’s not on Minivan Ministry (aka driving her children to or from their activities). She dreams about sewing and scrapbooking more than she actually accomplishes either.