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August 9, 2012

By Christine Kapurch

North River Church, Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa Baptist Association

Favorite Verse: Psalm 86:11

Favorite Hymns: “God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength” and “Bless the Lord O My Soul”

Hobbies: Reading, working out and traveling

Family Status: Married to Wayne for 27 years; five children, Brant, Trent, Witt, Grace and Ashleigh Krin (deceased)

Jennifer Waddell is the director of Athletes in Action at the University of Alabama (UA). She worked with Campus Crusade for Christ at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (LSU). After 14 years she moved back to her alma mater, UA, where she leads small groups, servant teams and shares the gospel with student-athletes. She is also serving at the Olympic Games where she is connecting with Olympic athletes and helping at the Legacy Breakfast, which honors one male and one female athlete for their faith and integrity. 

Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?

A: My freshman year at Alabama was pivotal. A gal ... took me under her wing and got me involved in Campus Crusade and her church ... Emmanuel Baptist Church here in Tuscaloosa. I knew the Lord but had no idea how to walk with the Lord and study the Word.

Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?

A: I started out in a small group in Campus Crusade and went on a summer beach project in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and then I spent a summer in Japan with Campus Crusade. ... God directed my heart to work with college students through Campus Crusade. 

Q: What do you get from the ministry?

A: Matthew 28:18–20 talks about making disciples who will go to the world and make disciples (2 Tim. 2:2). One of my greatest joys is to see not only my own children, but these young ladies that God has entrusted to me, come to know the Lord personally and grow in their faith. 

Q: How do family members support you?

A: My family is very supportive of what I do. Wayne was on staff with me for 20 years and very much encourages me to continue to be involved in ministry.  

Q: How do you see yourself involved in this ministry in the future?

A: I hope to continue to lead the women’s athletic ministry here until the Lord directs another way. 

Q: What difference will this ministry make for you in the future?

A: Our prayer ... is to see God raise up Christ followers on every team here at Alabama. ... Our desire is to equip them to share their faith ... learn how to study the Word ... so that no matter where God leads them they can be involved in His kingdom work. 

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