NameJessica Pero
Address905 Carolina Ave
United States
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Phone(419) 516-1193
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Are you a member of Parkwood?
  • Yes
Are you able to commit to this two year process (in one year segments)?
  • Yes
Regarding the time commitment, do you have any reservations or potential issues?
  • Yes
What are your reservations?

I've already spoken to Lainey about this and I think it will be okay, but I'd be remiss not to mention it. My only real reservation is my health. That said- I've been consistent on Wednesday evenings, and am committed to maintain that consistency. On the weeks we don't have choir, I've been meeting with Amy Kirpaul (on campus) and doing some discipleship as it is, with her. In addition, Kathryn Phillips and I meet weekly already and, should she and I both be chosen, we likely will discuss what we are learning, in addition to what we are already working through.

Are you currently serving in the church? If so, where?Yes, in choir.
Are you currently discipling someone? If so, who are you discipling and please tell us about the relationship.

Yes- Amy Kirpaul. We have not been super formal, but we have been working through some marriage issues and parenting issues, along with trusting God's sovereignty. We are both in the thick of things, and I don't pretend to know all the answers- but I am actively pointing her directly to scripture and to the gospel. We have started going through "A Gospel Primer" by Milton Vincent, in our first attempt at formal study together.

Outside of Parkwood, the Lord is bringing people into my life who are struggling with some physical issues, long term things as I am. I would LOVE to be paired with someone else within the Parkwood family who I could come alongside in this way as well. I have seen immense growth through suffering the last two years, and I am praying that the Lord can use that in the lives of others. My life is not my own- I would not have chosen this path- but I also wouldn't trade it because it has caused so much growth.

Is someone currently discipling you? If so, who is discipling you and please tell us about the relationship.

Kathryn Phillips. We meet, for the most part, weekly and sometimes twice a week. We worked through Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, very slowly as we both walked through different, but equally difficult seasons. I shared A Gospel Primer with her and we both now reference that frequently. Currently, we are working through the Westminster Confession of Faith. She has been a wonderful mentor and influence in my life, both as a friend holding me up when things feel like too much, and also as a Godly woman who isn't afraid to point out my sin and point me back to Christ, often seeing things before I recognize them myself. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for that relationship, it's refreshing to have a friendship where you don't have to even exchange pleasantries, we can just jump in and dig deep and challenge one another in love.

Have you previously taken any training or equipping classes at Parkwood? (I.e. Bible Doctrine, discipleship, evangelism, 20 Basic Beliefs, GG leader training, etc.) If so, which ones?

Not at Parkwood, no.

Why do you want to be a part of Disciple Makers Intensive?

I have always felt a pull toward ministry. I had a picture of what that looked like, etched in my brain., thinking specifically of ministering to women who have experienced trauma. 7 years ago this month, I was accepted into Liberty University's Psychology/Biblical counseling program. I started the process of getting financial aid worked out, and then Tony's job transferred from Akron, Ohio to Charlotte. With 4 young children, 2 being infant/preschool age, I knew timing was not right. When we first came to Parkwood, I again started looking at options to start taking courses locally that would eventually transfer to Liberty. Then Tony lost his job. Every bit of savings I had put back became an additional emergency fund for us. So again, I stepped back and focused on babysitting to earn additional income to float us, realizing my ministry is to my family first. Then the accident happened, and subsequent diagnoses that have rocked our world. Here we are two years later, and the Lord has been CLEARLY nudging me that my time to adjust and be "comfortable" just sitting in my DIScomfort is over, it's time to step out and reassess what ministry looks like for me moving forward, since the doors I thought were mine to walk through have clearly been closed. He has burdened me greatly for my neighborhood. I've been actively meeting neighbors, and my front yard has become a gathering place for neighborhood kiddos of all ages. I LONG to grow spiritually. I've been craving more. Studying deeply, digging into the Word. Trying actively to apply the gospel to my daily life, and living it out in front of my family (failing daily, but working on using those failures as moments of humility, and pointing to my own need for the gospel!). I want to more effectively point others to Christ. To understand more fully so that I can apply to myself more fully, and in turn, teach more fully.

Do you currently have 1-3 people that can commit to meeting with you twice a month (on average) for discipling over the course of the next year? If so, who are they?

Amy Kirpaul, for sure. The others I have in mind are not local, so I'm not sure how that will work. I'd love to be paired with an additional person.

Would your spouse or close friend recommend that you participate in the Intensive during your current season of life?
  • Yes
Choose one of the following doctrines and give us a brief definition and explanation of the subject: God, salvation, the Holy Spirit, or the Bible.

Hard to choose just one! The Bible. It's the basis of our beliefs regarding all the rest! I believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, inspired by God, protected by God. It is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, teaching, instruction in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). God is the author and everything we need for life and godliness is contained within. It is complete, and is the absolute and final authority (given by God himself) above all. Any additional "revelation" that is extrabiblical is not of God, and any "revelation" that is in alignment with scripture is unnecessary.