Jess Dager

Community Connection Minister

Jess Dager has served as the UniPlace Community Connection Minister since 2020, connecting our congregation to service and advocacy opportunities in Champaign-Urbana. 

Currently she supports the church’s weekly Community Dinner program, a weekly free, hot meal, prepared onsite with the help of student and church volunteers, and distributed to 60+ community members. She also leads our Community Outreach and Advocacy Team and serves as a musician for the church.  

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More about Jess

Current Interests

  • Jess has a heart for helping individuals navigate transitions and challenges to their faith and is always up “thinking together” with individuals seeking answers to difficult questions. 
  • Hopes to be a Hospice Chaplain in the future.

education background

  • BS in Music from Illinois State University
  • Pursuing an MDiv at Lexington Theological Seminary

Ongoing Projects

  • Community Dinner Program
  • Just Food Ministry Initiatives
  • Outreach and Advocacy Team Leadership