- Y.M.C.A Charlotte – 2012 National Day of Prayer featured speaker. Event attended by two thousand people. Charlotte, NC.
- Central Church of God – Women’s Retreat. Event attended by 300+ women. The Cove in Asheville, NC.
- First Presbyterian Church. Chattanooga, TN.
- Girl’s Preparatory School – Christian Life Assembly Speaker. Chattanooga, TN.
- Motor Racing Outreach – Caution Event. Charlotte, NC.
- Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. Signal Mountain, TN.
- First Centenary United Methodist Church – Women’s Conference. Chattanooga, TN.
- Calvary Church – Ladies Night Out. Charlotte, NC.
- Westminster Presbyterian Church – Retreat Speaker. Charlotte, NC.
- Gastonia CBS – Leadership Retreat. Gastonia, NC.
- Served on Leadership Committee for Anne Graham Lotz’s Just Give Me Jesus Revivals. Held in 12 different countries, in 30 cities, to hundreds and thousands of attendees.
- With Open Eyes Foundation, Inc.: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Compensation Committee Member.
- Women of the Word Bible Study: Teacher. Nondenominational Bible study, attended by hundreds of women each week. See list of annual study topics, sets of CD’s from 2010-2013, and a transcription of Jan’s teaching. Charlotte, NC.
- Women’s Ministry Bible Class: Teacher. Calvary Church. Charlotte, NC.
- Bible Study Fellowship: Participant, leader, and assistant teaching leader. Charlotte, NC.
In 1982, as a young wife and mother, Jan found herself challenged and energized by the idea that a very ordinary person could become extraordinary. There were no empty promises for quick fixes and no slick gimmicks to produce “something from nothing,” but she was offered the opportunity to be transformed through the power of God’s Word.
Having attended church her entire life, knowing the Bible stories through Sunday school, and even studying the Bible as history and literature in high school, the Bible did not seem like a new or unproven avenue of learning. The offer that changed everything was to have a genuine personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She no longer viewed the Bible as stories or examples but began to hear them as God’s voice speaking personally to her. The people, places, life lessons, and directions captured her full attention. The familiar stories of individuals, families, and the challenges they all faced seemed to offer endless opportunities to experience the power of God working and guiding Jan in her own life. This was the beginning of her believing that God is not removed and disconnected, but ever present and fully engaged in the life of His people.
For 31 years, Jan has not been disappointed in the “offer” to know Him personally and to use His word to speak personally to her. She is a Bible teacher and student, but above all she desires to be a Bible doer. It is her passion to introduce others to the person of Jesus and to teach them to hear His voice spoken through the living Word.
Jan has now been inspiring other women for more than 20 years as a Bible teacher and speaker at women’s conferences and retreats. She served on the leadership committee for Anne Graham Lotz’s Just Give Me Jesus revivals, held in 30 cities, 12 countries, and for hundreds of thousands of attendees. Her ability to communicate is described as “authentic and compelling.” Jan’s challenge to women is to allow God’s Word to change them, and then allow that change to bless others and glorify Him.
In late 2015, Jan created Stepping Toward Hope, a platform that exists to empower individuals to embrace peace, strength and comfort in Christ by encouraging everyone to be equipped with His Word. Her desire to minister hope to other people continues to flow from her heart.
In her debut book, Life After the Storm (Harvest House, April 2015), Jan shares how the unexpected death of her son transformed her life and tested her faith. With courage and compassion, the book offers readers hope and the tools to stop living in fear and experience the transforming faith that only a storm can unveil.
Jan and her husband Frank live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and are active members of their local church, Central Church of God. They are involved in the local and global faith community and are leaders in an international ministry founded by their late son, James F. Harrison IV, With Open Eyes. They have three grown daughters and two grandsons.