Providing the space: How Jo Saxton is investing in the next generation of leaders

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Stepping into The 25, Saxton is eager to guide the next generation of young leaders. Particularly, young students who recognize their calling to leadership and are ready to become equipped for their ventures after Bethel. “In those younger years, it’s such a time of vibrant potential. Knowing and living through that exciting time from my own college years has informed what I’m doing now, which is recognizing that this is a time of incredible potential and purpose for young adults,” she says.  

As an accomplished author, public speaker, podcast host, leadership coach, and nowserving as the executive director of The 25 program at BethelSaxton’s passion for mentoring others toward success is undeniably one of great calling. She’s formed a deep commitment for investing in and developing strong leaders, specifically, creating spaces for women in leadership. “Throughout my career, I’ve always been involved in various forms of ministry. I worked with churches and leaders, and during that whole time, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of how we invest in leaders, because how the leader is, is how everything else goes in the end,” she says.

Saxton grew up in England, was born and raised in London, and has been living in the United States for 20 years. In college, Saxton started on an English and journalism path but soon switched to a faith focus, majoring in biblical studies with concentrations in Greek and Hebrew. “I knew that God was calling me to something, but I didn’t know what to. All I knew was that He was first,” she says. In her early career, she started church planting as a college pastor. By sharing the love of Jesus in different environments, she saw people come to faith, come back to faith, and witness the power of God at work. By the time she reached her mid-twenties, she felt more confident in her calling and felt a strong urge to take the next steps in her vocation.