the Hope of Survivors

Jennifer Schwirzer, LPC

Jennifer SchwirzerJennifer Jill Schwirzer enjoys the challenge of running a small non-profit organization through which she writes books, presents seminars, conducts a counseling practice, produces and performs Christian music, and just generally exhausts herself.

Background—As a teenager, Jennifer experienced what would be called a “radical” conversion from New Age philosophy and practice to Christianity, then to the Seventh-day Adventist religion. No one could believe the wild-child party animal became a Bible believer, but she did.

Family—A few years later Jennifer married her (current and only) husband Michael Schwirzer, at the time a good-looking tree planter who still cleans up rather nicely. The couple have two lovely young adult daughters, Alison and Kimberly, whom Jennifer begs frequently to, “Get married, get pregnant, and have me some grandbabies!”

Education—In 1999, Jennifer graduated from Atlantic Union College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. She completed her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University in March of 2008. Charging through the process of meeting endless state regulations, Jennifer obtained her counseling license in August of 2010. She runs a counseling practice out of her home office in Philadelphia. That way she doesn’t take her work home—it’s already there!

Seminars—Frequently Jennifer presents seminars at churches, retreats, conferences and campmeetings. Probably the most popular one is Jesus Psychology, a seminar addressing what Jennifer calls “Biblical psychology.” Recently she has been featured on 3ABN “Issues and Answers” and “Today.” Other seminars treat subjects such as relationships, dating and marriage, sexuality and morality, personal spirituality, and a host of other things one would expect from a mother in Israel with a graduate degree in human services.

Writing—To date, Jennifer has written or co-written ten published books: Testimony of a Seeker (Pacific Press, 1999), A Most Precious Message (Pacific Press, 2000), I Want it All (Review and Herald, 2003), and A Deep But Dazzling Darkness (Amazing Facts Publishers, 2004), Dying to be Beautiful (Review and Herald, 2005), A Light for the Last Days (Amazing Facts Publishers, 2006), Finding My Way in Milwaukee (Review and Herald, 2007), A Gospel Story (Michael Ministries, 2009) and Twice Upon a Time (Fire Engine Publishers, 2009), and 13 Weeks to Peace (Pacific Press, 2011). In addition she has written countless articles, which have been published in magazines such as the Adventist Review and Liberty Magazine. Her diagnosis of hypergraphia is still pending.

Music—Jennifer’s unique folk-style guitar music has earned her the reputation of the “Christian Joni Mitchell,” or at times, “a hillbilly.” She has given hundreds of concerts all over the U.S. and Canada, and has appeared in Europe, Central America and Africa. Her CDs receive airplay on radio stations all around the U.S. She has recorded about 200 songs of her own composition, many of which have unusual titles, such as “My Favorite Foods,” and “It Stinks in the Ark but It Sure Beats the Ocean.”

Jennifer’s greatest credential is that she loves Jesus and is a friend to many. A warm, caring Christian, Jennifer has touched many lives. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Michael, their in-the-process-of-launching daughters, and her adorable Chihuahua, Madison.

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart...Psalms 34:18