Tribune Print Share Text

Her calling: Life Lessons

Pastor's wife carries spiritual message across the country

Created date

April 26th, 2010

Wherever life s journeys have taken her, Jerrianne Iseley has found a way to give back to others. [caption id="attachment_11597" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Jerrianne Iseley lives at Monarch Landing and leads retreats nationally. (Submitted photo)"]Monarch Landing, the Erickson community in Naperville, Ill. But the pair is far from retired. Mrs. Iseley remains an active volunteer in her church and her community, and her husband continues to work as an interim pastor at a church in Bartlett, Ill. In just a short period of time, Mrs. Iseley has already gotten involved with several activities atMonarch Landing. She is a member of the choir and participates in a Bible study group, and she recently spoke about her book at one of the community s interfaith gatherings. This past Thursday,Monarch Landinghad an activity fair, and as I walked around that room, I realized that there is a lot of stuff I could get involved in, Mrs. Iseley says. I do want to give back to this community.

Putting the web to work

Also an online entrepreneur, Mrs. Iseley has started a side business selling some of her husband s vast collection of books on Already, she s sold about 1,500 rare and signed books on the popular online auction site, bringing in some extra money and paring down their home library. When she moved toMonarch Landing, Mrs. Iseley learned about the community s Treasure Chest, an onsite resale shop where residents can donate unwanted furniture, house wares, clothing, jewelry, and other items. Proceeds from sales are donated toMonarch Landing sBenevolent Care Fund, which helps support residents in financial need. Drawing on her experience selling books online, Mrs. Iseley is currently talking to the Treasure Chest about selling its merchandise on to increase profits. There are so many things atMonarch Landing, Mrs. Iseley says. It s like living on a cruise ship you can pick and choose whatever you want to get involved in. When she s not busy volunteering, Mrs. Iseley spends time with her children and grandchildren. A diehard Cubs fan, she is happy to be back in the Chicago area and even traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., for the team s spring training.