Jennifer Neal’s involvement in Cathedral life began as it has for many other transplants to Washington, D.C—she first visited as a tourist—when she moved from Michigan in 2004 for a job and fell in love with its music, beauty and history.
Years passed, but eventually Jennifer began to volunteer, primarily during concerts and special events, enjoying how the music always pulled her into peaceful contemplation. One of her first and treasured times of volunteering was guiding groups up the 333 steps of the Cathedral’s traditional tower climbs, hearing the beautiful carillon of bells at the top and looking out over Washington, thinking about the place of faith in public life.
Through participation in 20s&30s Group activities, she found that worship at the Cathedral was just as beautiful as the many concerts and decided it was time to join the Congregation in 2010. She and her husband Michael remain volunteers at many of the Cathedral Special Events and with the 20s&30s Group, but primarily enjoy coordinating the eight congregation coffee teams.
Although her professional life started in politics, she always admired, collected, and crafted creative jewelry as a guilty pleasure. So, when she left Capitol Hill in 2011, she began to take courses in Jewelry fabrication and design. She continues to study and craft precious metal jewelry.