Jan received a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Providence Theological Seminary (Otterburne, Manitoba) in 2008, after serving more than a decade on staff at The Meeting Place in downtown Winnipeg. She also has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg. Her interest in spiritual direction began in seminary and intensified in recent years during a prolonged season of suffering. Jan enjoys exploring spiritual themes through writing, and has published articles in Christian periodicals. She served as a communications writer from 2010-2012 with the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC). Jan is married to Norm and they have two married daughters, one adult son, and four grandchildren.