Kneeling on the concrete floor of a summer camp in the mountains of NC, Jan Brittain committed her life to full time Christian service at the age of 16. Of course, at that time, she did not know any women pastors and assumed her commitment would take her overseas as a missionary. But God had other plans. Jan has served churches of all sizes and in a variety of locations --- country, urban, suburban, mountain, farm, and now lake. And though, not in the way she anticipated, Jan has done her share of overseas work. She began her ministry by serving churches in Bristol, England and has done extensive work with churches in Kenya, and has preached on 4 continents.
Jan’s background in Christian Education and her degree in Business Administration, along with her nearly 4 decades of professional ministry are resources that are serving the local church and the larger church. She works with the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina in co-leading a course in church administration and is currently leading a cohort in preaching for the conference. Jan travels throughout the southeast preaching and teaching for local churches and conferences.
Jan is a true child of the church. As the daughter of a United Methodist pastor, Jan grew up in the parsonages of South Carolina. And, at the top of any list of achievements or blessings, Jan would put the honor of being a mother and a Gran Jan.
Jan summarizes her personal theology this way: