Reverend Jan Jensen has returned to the Fontainebleau area to serve as the locum Chaplain at Saint Luke’s Church Fontainebleau through February 4, 2018. Here is a short bio of Jan’s illustrious path to becoming Saint Luke’s current locum:
The Reverend Jan D. Jensen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA), grew up there attending public schools and graduated from the University of Utah Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Piano Performance. He studied piano and composition also at the then Hochschule für Musik Wien (Vienna) in the early 1970’s and Rabbinic Judaism at Yeshivat Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem, Israel. He received his M. Div. from the Episcopal Theological Seminary Of The Southwest, Austin, Texas and was ordained both deacon and priest in the Diocese of Texas and has served churches there and in Algiers, Algeria, (shortly before returning to Vienna in January 2011) as well as hospital chaplain at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. Jan’s two grown daughters (Rania and Amira) make their home in Bend, Oregon and Austin, Texas respectively. Jan presided over Amira’s and her fiancé Marcus’ wedding last June in Hutto, Texas and eagerly awaits news ( hopefully some day soon!) that he’ll finally become a grandfather. He is married to Margaret Gichanga, who is originally from Nairobi, Kenya, but has worked the past 14 years at the U.N. in Vienna. Jan received his “Permission To Officiate” from the Diocese of Europe in April of 2013 and has previously served as locum at Church of the Resurrection, Bucharest, Romania, , St. Ursula, Bern, Switzerland, and now St. Luke’s in Fontainebleau, France, for Advent, Christmas of 2016 and for Epiphanytide, 2018. He’s very pleased to be serving St. Luke’s as locum again!