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Jennifer Barnett

International Student Service Coordinator


Jennifer descends from the Muskogee (father) and Cherokee (mother) Nations of Oklahoma. Being a part of the culturally diverse Native American context has encouraged her interest in cultures from around the world and the languages they represent. Her interest in ESL began from her parents’ experiences of learning English when they entered school as children. 

Jennifer is active in Native American ministries and seeks to find and develop educational opportunities, materials, and programs for Native American Christians. Her volunteer service includes Minister of Education at Indian Nations Baptist Church, Seminole, OK; current Chairman of the Board, Indian Falls Creek Baptist Assembly Board of Directors; Editor, Splashes, (10 years) Indian Falls Creek Baptist Assembly, Board of Directors; and member of the BGCO Native American Ministries Advisory Board. 

In addition to teaching in the IEP, she is the sponsor of the OBU Council of First Nation Students, which is the campus’ Native American student organization.


  • B.A., English Literature with an Emphasis in Journalism and Creative Writing, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • M.A. New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Religion – Christian Education Concentration, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 
  • Postgraduate Studies in Applied Linguistics – ESL, University of Massachusetts – Boston (Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching ESL: Methods and Approaches, Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Theories and Principles of Language Teaching, Cross Cultural Perspectives, and Assessment: Testing in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom)
  • Ed.D - Candidate, Curriculum Design and Spiritual Formation, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Dissertation topic: A Model for the Contextualization of Curriculum for Native American Baptist Churches in Oklahoma