Meet Rev. Jenn

Rev. Jennifer Watley Maxell affectionately known as “Rev. Jenn” is a preacher, teacher, church co-founder, life coach and writer known for her interactive teaching and creative communication style. She has a passion for making the complex, simple as she speaks truth to people in ways that are easily understandable and applicable to their everyday lives. With the blessing of Bishop William P. Deveaux, former Presiding Prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the AME Church, Jennifer and her husband Rev. Charles A. Maxell, Jr. founded The Breakthrough Fellowship, a new church initiative located in Cobb County, Georgia.  Ever since it’s inception as a Bible study in their home, The Breakthrough Fellowship has maintained its mission of “Helping broken people find wholeness through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ’.

Rev. Jenn exemplifies this mission as the founder of “The Ellipsis Experience”, a three-day conference for women and teen girls that provides a safe space for them to creatively engage their personal stories and the Christ story through dynamic worship, transformative interactive workshops and anointed fellowship.

In addition to blogging, Lady J is a contributing author of the book “Why Black Lives Matter (Too): A Revolutionary Call to Action” and has co-authored “Like Father Like Daughter: Meditations and Reflections on Fathers and Daughters in the Bible” with her father Dr. William D. Watley.

Rev. Jenn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Howard University, and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology with Certificates in Black Church Studies and Religious Education, and was ordained an Itinerate Elder in the AME church in May 2017.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in New Jersey, Rev. Jenn currently resides in Smyrna, Georgia with her husband Charles and their three children: Madison, Charles III and Skylar.

Rev. Jenn can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ jwatleymaxell or on her website