Meet our Youth Ministry Team
Jill Altom- Youth Minister
I grew up in San Antonio, TX in the diocese of West Texas. My faith became my own and I grew to love and follow Jesus as a result of loving relationships I experienced in my youth group. Adults who invested in me and saw my leadership potential made a huge impact on my calling to serve and care about the Church.
l graduated from Sewanee: University of the South with a B.A. in Psychology and completed a M.A. in Youth Ministry in 2012 through Memphis Theological Seminary through the Center for Youth Ministry Training where I learned about practical theology. www.cymt.org
I joined Good Shepherd during the fall of 2014 and have worked in youth ministry for 15 years in primarily Episcopal churches in Texas (San Angelo) and the Diocese of Tennessee. I am passionate about building community in the church body and walking together on the journey of faith. We are called to a communal faith as we are believers in the Trinitarian God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We aren't meant to do this alone!
I am married to an amazing man, Clayton, and we have 2 sons. Our favorite activities include hiking, live concerts, game nights, road trips, cooking, and reading (which works well for us since Clayton is a librarian).
I began working with the youth at Good Shepherd during the fall of 2009 by assisting with Film School on Sunday mornings. I fell in love with it and added Wednesday nights to my participation. The past several years have brought me much joy and spiritual growth, and I credit my involvement with these wonderful kids as a big part of that. They teach me more than they will ever know, and I feel blessed to be a small part of their busy lives.
My husband, Julian, and I have lived in Brentwood since 1997. We have two grown daughters, Sarah and Emily, both of whom still live in the greater Nashville area. Although technically empty nesters, we do have two dogs still at home with us. I work part time as an elder care-giver and enjoy playing tennis whenever I can. Julian and I are also huge sports fans and especially enjoy cheering on the Titans and Predators..
For Lent in 2008, instead of just giving up something (like most people do for Lent), I took on Youth Ministry at Good Shepherd. Lent ended, but I did not end my time with the Youth Group, however, I have been known to give up chocolate most years for Lent since then. By day, I work for the Tennessee Department of Human Services in the Office of Procurement (that is a fancy way of saying I shop for a living) and most nights and weekends, my paid hobby (er, part-time job) is working for Dillard’s at Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro in Customer Service. I am a 1994 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. When not working, I enjoy travel, reading and watching science fiction (Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars among others).