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Jill Waggoner is wife to Brandt, a small groups and missions pastor at Foothills Church. She's a mom to two blonde-headed boys in Maryville, Tenn. She has served with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission for 11 years and is currently deputy press secretary and lead brand strategist for Global Hunger Relief—a cooperative Southern Baptist hunger initiative. Find her on Twitter at @jjwaggoner.
Articles by this Author
January 29, 2018 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:10) A few years ago, a series of events led to unprecedented emotional suffering in my life. I had walked with Christ for decades, but my experiences that year unearthed an anti-gospel...
November 9, 2017 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In the last few years, I have had the great privilege of discipling a few younger pastors' wives in my church. Their joyful and eager spirits have been life-giving to me, and our relationships have provided a new ministry purpose in my current season of raising small children. We share...
August 10, 2017 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My church body is currently in the midst of one of the greatest tragedies I’ve ever seen. Our community is suffering, mourning and asking difficult questions. It’s been one of the most exhausting weeks we’ve ever experienced in ministry. In many ways, we have felt unqualified for the task before...
May 1, 2017 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Until a few months ago, emotional health sounded like hogwash to me, like the luxurious self-reflection allotted to those with discretionary means and discretionary time. I thought I had no need to pursue such things, but in reality, I was trying to keep my head above water. Serving those around...
January 19, 2017 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
A new year provides a time for reflection. We recount the stories that make up the past, usually with loved ones around us. Most are stories of childhood—the embellished retellings of our best and worst times. You know how it goes. “When I was a child ... ” In our house, the conversation ends...
October 24, 2016 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I have found much enjoyment these last few weeks in telling my friends, “I’m reading a book about a pastor’s wife who left her husband’s church at 37.” And it was even more fun to say, “Brandt [my husband] gave it to me.”
September 12, 2016 by Jill Waggoner | Flourish - Ministry Wives
My oldest son just turned five, and this age is a joy. He understands the world in new ways every day and is asking tough, thoughtful questions. As a parent, I sense my goals are changing.