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About Jennifer

Jennifer Kostyal is the founder of Transformed By The Word Ministries, a national prison ministry for females as well as the founder of The House of Hope, a Christian led transitional home that rescues women from sex trafficking, drugs, and alcohol. Jennifer is a national best-selling author of Finally Free, her life story of healing from sexual and religious abuse.  She has also  written three other books, Taking off the Robes, Finally Free Women’s Bible Study, and Courageous Prayers for Women that help women walk in victory in every area of their lives. Jennifer and her team have led thousands of female inmates to Jesus Christ and felt true joy behind those prison walls.

Jennifer is a chaplain to female inmates in Pender County Jail and was the pastor to death row inmates in North Carolina for two years. Her passion is to minister to those who are imprisoned behind either physical or spiritual walls. For the past 15 years, her ministry has provided thousands of beautiful Bibles along with all of Jennifer’s books wrapped in love to female inmates across the United States. Countless times correctional officers and prison chaplains have commented, “There goes a Transformed By The Word Bible. We can always tell because they are so beautiful!” Jennifer hand picks the Bibles the ministry gives and states, “They are precious women who deserve a gorgeous Bible to carry to their chapel services and Bible study groups while in prison or jail.”

Jennifer is a dynamic speaker, teacher, and author that travels across the nation speaking in churches and to female inmates on how to be free from the past and walk in your God-given identity and destiny. Jennifer loves full time ministry and seeing people fall in love with Jesus and surrender their lives to Jesus, the Messiah, who healed and delivered her in 1996.

Jennifer is mother to two grown children, David II and Rebekah. David and Rebekah are very involved in her ministry.  She is also mother to hundreds of spiritual children who call her “Momma J.”

She and her husband, whom she affectionately calls her, “Big Daddy”, make their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She always says, “Dave is the best present Jesus has ever given her and she is so grateful for him as he was such a loving caregiver as she walked through breast cancer twice.”