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Episode 073 (Life Stories Series) – When A Young Widow Thrives as a Single Mom and Minister with Lauren Jones


This is the Life Story Series.

What a conversation! Join our Host, Christopher J Harris as he welcomes Lauren Jones, Founder / Blogger at Throw-Up & Her husband, Gabriel Jones, of three years died suddenly at 28 years old while she was pregnant with their second child. Helping others through grief and loss has been a major part of her ministry and she brings her wisdom, life lessons and life story to this episode.

You can connect with her more on social media here: Twitter | Facebook

Rev. Jones is an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). She is a graduate of University of Maryland College Park (B.A., English ’01) and Howard University (M.Div. ’07). In honor of her late husband, Lauren also volunteers for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She’s been featured in Sojourners magazine, Modern Loss, Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood, Gospel Today magazine and Women in Theology. She’s the proud mother of two children and is engaged to her longtime friend and love, Marvine Harris, III, a GIS specialist from Baltimore, Md.


Have you ever stopped to consider what your life story is?  This question isn’t about the specific details of what, when, how long. The question is about what’s important, what did it mean, and other questions that unpack the WHY behind the what.

Our goal over the next few episodes is to host guests that will share their unique stories and engage in a level of transparency of their past and present challenges that will allow us to not only learn from them, but appreciate their stories, what they are doing and then simultaneously appreciate our own stories and life narrative. This series has FOUR (4) Goals:

  • We want you to think about your own life story
  • Appreciate your own life story
  • Listen to others’ stories – their victories, challenges, and lessons learned
  • Get a WISE IDEA about how other’s stories could cause positive change in your own life.

This series is sure to prompt smiles, evoke tears, and create “Ah Ha Moments”.

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About Our Host:

Christopher J. Harris, a native of Palatka, Fla., is currently Executive Pastor of Crossover Church of Tampa, Fla. He is also the Director of Administration & Vision Implementation overseeing the day to day operations of the Atlanta Headquarters office for Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. He’s served at ministries in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Chicago,IL. He’s an author and blogger with two books, Temporary Assignments and Church Strategies and Ministry Systems. He’s an alumnus of Florida State University, University of South Carolina, special studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University. Harris currently resides in Florida with his wife Dr Carmen J Harris and their children.

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Thank You’s:

My family for their commitment to the vision to inspire wisdom in others and release me to endeavors like this. To my Producer, Kevin Scullion. (Note: Want your name listed here? Leave a review of this podcast and you may find your name listed here…)