Jennifer Ould

Jennifer Ould has been a proponent of cross-gender friendship since first grade, when she was boggled by the attraction of jump-rope at recess and opted to play kick ball with the boys instead. She grew up to complete her MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an emphasis on Academic Research and a thesis entitled, “Sexual Formation: Theology for Integrating Sexuality in Spiritual Formation for Evangelical Churches.”
As a young girl growing up in the church without a father, and later as a single woman in the church, Jennifer has been both blessed by men who loved her well as brothers and fathers, and frustrated by assumptions about what is (or is not) possible in relationships between men and women.
In the summer of 2012, Jennifer and Dan Brennan celebrated the tenth year of their friendship. Jennifer spoke alongside Dan at the first Sacred Friendship Gathering, and they also presented on the topic “When Jesus Met Mary: Freedom in Friendship Between Men and Women” at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina in June. Jennifer lives outside Chicago, where she remains single but hopeful and enjoys investing in community with both men and women, single and married.