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2014Jesten received plaques from International Seminary in 2001 in recognition of 35 years of Gospel Ministry, and in 2014 in recognition of 48 years of Gospel Ministry.
2012 Jesten was named One of "2012's Eight Phenomenal Women" in ministry by RENEWED Christian Magazine in the Summer of 2012.
Jesten published her first book, Running to Win the Race: Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Jesten Peters, president of the Lake City Women’s Aglow Community Lighthouse, was named Columbia County Woman of the Year at Lake City Community College.
Peters and five other nominees were recognized at the college’s Women’s History Month celebration at the Barney E. McRae Jr. M.D. Medical Technology Auditorium.
The nominees included Dr. Sheri Carder, LCCC professor of marketing and management and Debbie Tunsil, director of financial aid at LCCC. Jennifer Flinn, chairwoman of the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners, and Narragansett Smith, principal of Niblack Elementary, were also nominated. Finally, Frances Ash, president of the local Florida Association of Community Colleges chapter, was also nominated for the award.
The 2004 recipient of the award, Dr. Athena Randolph, introduced the nominees and presented Peters with her award.
Peters was nominated by her son and said she was “very surprised and honored to receive the award.”
She earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from International Seminary in June 2001 and was ordained in August of that year.
Peters has remained active with Aglow International for the past 22 years, with 14 being in Lake City.
She seeks to break down barriers among women of different faiths by holding the organization’s meetings in different churches.
I gain satisfaction from helping others. That brings me joy.
Her many outreaches include collecting blankets for the homeless, food for soup kitchens and school supplies for needy children. Additionally, she has aided women of domestic violence and has thrown baby showers for the Pregnancy Crisis Center.
Peters remains active at Christ Central Ministries as a singles minister, first touch minister, usher and teacher of Logos College classes in Jacksonville. She has also served as the Ministerial Alliance secretary for the past year.
“I have been inspired by four special women in my life, including my grandmother, mother and two ladies unrelated to me who really helped me into ministry,” Peters said.
Peters credits her strong faith in God as the key to her success.
“I gain satisfaction from helping others,” she said. “That brings me joy.”
The award ceremony was the highlight of the women’s history month program.
Dr. Charles Hall, president of LCCC, spoke and shared a quote with the audience by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a well-respected Mormon author, who said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” Hall shared several statistics about women’s contributions to society and named several women who were firsts in their fields.
Dean of Student Services Barbara Anderson shared her feelings on how norms have changed for women, asking women in the audience wearing slacks to stand up. Anderson spoke of her days at the University of Florida when women couldn’t wear pants and her challenge of finding suitable skirts as a young teacher.
The keynote speaker of the ceremony was local attorney Leandra Lily Goyenechea Johnson. She spoke on the topic, “Our History is Our Strength.” She highlighted how the women’s movement developed as women began to question their position in society. Johnson described how this movement changed the way history was written and ignited a larger social movement that empowered other minorities.
Dr. Sheri Carder presided over the ceremony and amused the audience with readings of 1950s literature of how an ideal woman should act. She ended the event by having audience members read quotes she said mothers of famous people might have said, such as Albert Einstein.
Entertainment included songs by Janet Mincey and Audre Washington and a poem read by Vickie LePore.