Jennifer Shimota


  • M.Div., Divinity, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
  • B.A., English, California Lutheran University

The Rev. Jennifer Shimota joined Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in August 2019 as the coordinator of seminary enrollment. Her primary focus is to create new recruiting strategies, with an overall objective to grow enrollment. Additionally, she supports seminarians throughout their time at LTSS by being engaged in their course registration, financial aid and candidacy process.

Previously, Shimota was the pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in High Point, North Carolina, where she served for six years in her first call. During Shimota's last two years at the church, she worked with a cohort of LTSS alumni in the Triad area that supported each other weekly in sermon discussion and pastoral care, which has brought her full circle to serve in her current role at LTSS.

Shimota enjoys moments with her two children during her spare time and loves long walks with her Siberian Husky.