The Faces of City of Soul: Jasmine Stansberry

Jasmine P. Stansberry will be based at Grace-St. Luke’s and will work at the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office.

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

School(s)/degree(s): B.A., history, University of Memphis

Previous professional life: Juvenile Court Child Appointed Special Advocate, Shelby County, Tenn.

How did you find out about Episcopal Service Corps?

I found out about Episcopal Service Corps after a friend of mine emailed me a link to a website with various job opportunities. She felt that a teaching position would be of some interest to me because of my degree in history. However, I saw a link to the Episcopal Service Corps for an internship at the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office and I prayed to God, asking Him to open the door if it was His will for my life.

What compelled you to apply and to decide to spend a year with ESC?

I applied and decided to spend a year with ESC because it was and is my desire to gain a substantial amount of experience in the field of public service, specifically the Shelby County Public Defenders Office.

What do you see in Memphis? Why did the City of Soul project appeal to, or resonate with you?

Memphis is a city of rich culture and history. However, Memphis is also a city plagued by deep wounds from the past. These wounds have manifested themselves in many ways.  My desire is to work closely with at-risk communities and to garner experience by participating in programs and implementing  ideas that will dismantle detrimental cycles of living that are often perpetuated in various communities.

Why is ministry important to you, and how have you been involved in ministry in  your life?

Ministry is important to me because Jesus commissioned His followers to spread the gospel. I tell people about the salvation that comes through Jesus and occasionally do spoken word at my home church.

Who has inspired you the most and why?

Jesus Christ has inspired me the most because He is the only One that died for my sins.

If you could name one moment in your life that changed it completely and most significantly, what would that moment be?

The day that my father and I took a trip to Carrollton, MS to visit distant relatives and collect information on our ancestors. These ancestors were born in the 1840s and are buried at a cemetery in the Carrollton area. To visit that cemetery gave me a greater appreciation for my ancestry and gave me a better understanding of the importance of making good decisions that will impact the generations to come.

What’s the most recent book you’ve read?

Managing God’s Money by Randy Alcorn.

Tell us a little about your family, immediate and/or extended.

My family is very close-knit. God and family have always been most important in our lives. My father is a social worker and pastor. My mother is a nurse manager and minister. My sister is a new nurse and my brother, a senior at the University of Memphis, plans on going into dentistry.

What are your hobbies, interests, pursuits outside of work?

Spending quality time with family and friends, reading a good book, going to the gym, writing poetry, playing the harp, fishing, walking in the park, genealogy and watching TV shows/movies from the 1970s.

What are your goals five years, 10 years from now?

Five years from now, I hope to have received a legal education and to be practicing law. Ten years from now, I hope to still be practicing law and ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ. If I can creatively combine the two, that would be great!

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