Jurrita lives to maximize awareness and dignity for those who live on the margins.
After almost two decades in education, church leadership and community awareness, she longs to assist churches and organizations in widening their gaze in who they see and how they serve within and beyond their walls.
A Tuscaloosa, Alabama native, Jurrita lives in Dallas, Texas as a Master of Theology student at Dallas Theological Seminary. At DTS, she served as the first woman and the second African-American, student body president (2017–2018) in the ninety-four year history of the school. Under her leadership the predominantly white and mostly male seminary experienced significant progress and shift in its cultural engagement, systems evaluation and leadership in cultural intelligence for admission processes and recruitment. Her innovative ideas of implementing cultural conversations and curating student chapels significantly raised awareness of exclusion for students and faculty as well as ignited continued action for curricular changes to embrace the inclusion of marginalized voices.
As the first youth pastor at her former church, Jurrita developed a philosophy of youth ministry, and discipled families in their walk with God. Under her leadership, families and their children received theologically sound teaching and appropriate tools for the study of scripture. The ministry grew from 34 children and youth to 173 in five years.
Jurrita’s love for language drew her into graduating with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Tennessee State University before obtaining a masters in Elementary Education from Auburn University-Montgomery.
Jurrita now works as an associate director for the Center for Missional Outreach in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this position she supports local churches and community partners with strategic and intentional training for social justice in the areas of missions, education, race and gender.