LT Takana L. Jefferson is a native of Wartrace, Tennessee. She finished her Master of Divinity degree at Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN with honors (Cum Laude). In 2006-2008 She received a bachelor (Magna Cum Laude) and master’s degree with concentration in Health Care Management from American Intercontinental University Hoffman Estates, IL.
After graduating from Basic Chaplain School at the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, Fort Jackson, SC in August 17, 2011 she was commissioned as Lieutenant Junior Grade on August 18, 2011. She is also prior enlisted Navy Hospital Corpsman/Pharmacy Technician who served ten years active duty service from 1992-2002.
LT Jefferson served as youth pastor of Germantown Christian Center for two years. She also completed a unit of summer intensive CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Methodist University hospital in Memphis, TN where she was asked to remain on staff as a volunteer chaplain after completion of CPE until Navy Chaplain School. The CPE program covered five hospitals in the area with one being LeBonhuer Children’s hospital. She also was a student leader at Memphis Theological Seminary 2010-2011. LT Jefferson volunteered at Manna House 2010-2011 that is an outreach shelter to the homeless in the Memphis area.
LT Jefferson served from 2011-2013 as station chaplain to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan to the Marines. While there she started the Contemporary Worship service with attendance of 150 plus every Sunday and involved and participated at Women’s Symposiums as well as diversity boards.
LT Jefferson served from 2013-2016 as the station chaplain for the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. There she was a very strong voice for diversity by having the very first History of Gospel Music brunch and following up the next year with Gospel Explosion Concert featuring local Gospel talent as close as New London, CT and as far as Boston, MA. She served on diversity counsels and spoke truth to power to ensure the cadets of color were treated fairly. Hosted a weekly Women’s Accountability Group (WAG) luncheon every Friday with over 62 young ladies attending each week.
LT Jefferson served from 2016-2017 as Command Chaplain onboard the USS EMORY S. LAND in Haganta, Guam. There she revitalized the Gospel service with over 100 plus in attendance each Sunday. She served as a powerful voice for community outreach in impoverished areas of Guam. She ensured equality of women and minorities. She became the voice for those who did not have a voice.
LT Jefferson served 2017- 2018 at Combat Logistics Battalion 26 Camp LeJeune, NC as Battalion Chaplain. During her time there she assisted the unit winning its first ever Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award for Community Relations Outreach Projects.
LT Jefferson served 2018-present with Second transportation Support Battalion (2d TSB) as Battalion Chaplain Camp LeJeune, NC.
Her military decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation (x2), Navy Achievement, Coast Guard Meritorious Service, Coast Guard Achievement, Navy Good Conduct, Overseas Service and National Defense Service Ribbon.
She was also awarded the Captain Stanley J. Beach Leadership award upon graduation of Naval Chaplaincy School. Joann Miller Community Service Award while serving at the Coast Guard Academy.
She is currently serving as local Jacksonville, NC area NNOA Chaplain since August 2017. LT Jefferson loves to workout and is vegan. Her favorite past time is reading and cooking vegan foods.
LT Jefferson is married to Dr. Jonathan K. Jefferson of Cambridge, Mass and the mother of one daughter Jazmyn Scott of Greensboro, TN and one son Antonio Scott of Albuquerque, NM.