Historic St. Luke’s would like to extend a warm welcome to Development Coordinator Jennifer VanHoorebeck and Assistant Development Coordinator Kristen Marchant.
Jennifer VanHoorebeck is pleased to join our team at Historic St. Luke’s as the Development Coordinator overseeing donations, museum memberships, and volunteerism here at Virginia’a Oldest Church.
Prior to St. Luke’s, Jennifer was a marketing coordinator in the hospitality industry, where she helped launch a fledgling small business in the quaint town of Smithfield. This followed almost 10 years experience in print media, as a public relations coordinator and gatherer of community news.
Upon first moving to the Hampton Roads area in 1994, Jennifer worked at the Virginia Air & Space Center in the education department, where she coordinated classroom experiences for visiting students, as well as overnight camp-in’s.
Jennifer hopes to marry her varied work experience with her love of history to further Historic St. Luke’s mission and goals. She is excited to introduce our site to a new wave of patrons, as well as host events for our dedicated supporters.
Born a Jersey girl, Jennifer moved to Florida for high school and college, earning a B.A. in English from Stetson University. She and her husband, and three daughters, currently live in Smithfield. Jennifer enjoys writing – poetry and fiction – and can often be found walking the trail at Windsor Castle Park, where she gets inspiration for her writing. She also volunteers at Smithfield Little Theatre and was recently on stage there as well.
Kristen Marchant will be taking on the task of Assistant Development Coordinator here at Historic St. Luke’s working closely with donations, museum memberships, and the organization of many special events hosted on site.
Before joining the team at Historic St. Luke’s Kristen has worked a large variety of jobs from teaching dance in a Smithfield studio to working at a jewelry shop in Suffolk. Between these two extremes she was employed at another non-profit working towards raising money for the summer education of youth. Some things must never change because now she is back at a non-profit hoping to raise money to educate the public on the history of this great building and all that has developed around it.
Growing up in the small town of Smithfield gave Kristen the historic knowledge needed for a job at the oldest church in Virginia, but the people of Smithfield gave her the love of history and community needed to successfully work at Historic St. Luke’s.
If you would like to contact Jennifer or Kristen, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com respectively.