Meet Amy Jackson
Founder and Director of The Perch
I began my soul care journey years ago, but I really started getting intentional in 2008. I was in ministry and I realized that it was completely draining me. I knew it wasn't sustainable, but I didn't know another way. The spiritual practices I’d depended on for years just weren’t cutting it anymore. So I went back to school to get a master's degree in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College. My time there allowed me to learn about and try out different soul care practices as well as learn how to guide others in them.
Learning about soul care helped me begin stepping into the healthy, flourishing life of purpose God created me for. It helped me become a healthier person spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and even physically, and it helped me see and work on my blind spots so that I could be in healthier relationships as well. Soul care has helped me stay rooted in God no matter what is going on in life, and I'm forever thankful for these practices. Today my personal soul care practices change by the season—I’ve always loved shaking things up!
Sadly, my ministry role was cut in 2011, but that led me to the Christian publishing world where I created, edited, and published a variety of resources for churches, especially related to leadership, discipleship, and pastoral care. I loved my time there, but when things suddenly started to shift in 2017, I knew my time there needed to end. At the same time, I couldn't ignore what God had been whispering to me for years: Start a soul care organization where people can discover and try out these practices. Over the years I’d found a million excuses for why I shouldn't or couldn't do that, but after a particularly difficult day at work, God showed me a vision for The Perch, and I couldn't say "no" any longer.
I love being able to share what I’m learning with you and the people you care about. I especially love the opportunity to talk with people in ministry to share what I’ve learned and to encourage them in the good work they're called to.
When I'm not leading an event or speaking at a retreat, I'm likely having fun with my young daughters, enjoying time outside, cooking a flavorful dish, or enjoying the many restaurants, festivals, and events in downtown Aurora. My husband and I are both from Aurora. I absolutely love the diversity of this city and the amazing network of small business owners who support one another.
If there’s one message I want people to hear, it’s this: God loves you fully, wholly, unconditionally, and God is inviting you to step into the healthy, flourishing life of purpose you were created for. Soul care isn’t always easy or fun, but it is the path toward rooting deep into God’s love and being able to live as the person you were created to be.