Bethesda Lutheran Communities has named Deaconess Jana Peters of Kirkland as a ministry consultant serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in northern Illinois. Bethesda is a national provider of faith-based supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Peters will serve on Bethesda’s national team of more than 20 ministry consultants. She will work closely with families, congregations, schools and other Christian ministries in northern Illinois to form connections that ensure people who have developmental disabilities can pursue inclusive spiritual lives in their communities. Ministry consultants also spread awareness of the spiritual gifts and needs of people with developmental disabilities through training and resources.
Since 2006, Peters, a deaconess of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, has served at Voice of Care, West Chicago, as a chaplain. Voice of Care, where she undertook her deaconess fieldwork, is a nonprofit that connects people with disabilities, staff and congregations in Illinois. In 2006, Peters received her bachelor’s degree in theology from Concordia University Chicago.
In 2012, Peters was recognized with the Seeds of Hope Young Leader Award, awarded annually by Wheat Ridge Ministries to individuals for exemplary dedication and commitment.