Jinger Vuolo, the sixth child of the famous Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar clan (19 children in all), told her 1.4 million Instagram followers that she recently got baptized. The announcement came as a surprise to many since Vuolo was baptized at a young age on TLC’s hit television shows “19 Kids and Counting” and “Counting On” from 2008-2021.
TLC announced the cancellation of “Counting On” earlier this year due to Jinger’s brother Josh Duggar being charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. The network said it is giving the family privacy as they address the situation.
The former television star and her husband Jeremy Vuolu, a former professional soccer player she met on a Central America missions trip in 2015 and later married in 2016, hosted an Instagram live session last week informing viewers of Jinger’s recent baptism.
On Sunday, September 5, 2021, which was Jeremy’s birthday, Jinger got baptized at Grace Community Church where the couple serve in the church’s college ministry. Jeremy currently attends Master’s University and Seminary, where John MacArthur is Chancellor. MacArthur is also lead pastor of Grace Community Church.
“I love that you’re being baptized,” staff pastor Austin Duncan told Jinger. “There’s probably a lot of people in this room that need to think about being baptized because they weren’t believers when they were baptized. So it’s a great example to us of baptism coming after conversion.”
Posting images of her baptism, Jinger said, “Sunday was a very special day. I came to realize that although I was baptized at the age of 11, I didn’t really come to know and love Jesus until I was 14 years old. On Sunday, I was able to publicly declare that I have been joined to Jesus Christ in His life, death and resurrection. Soli Deo Gloria.”
Jinger who grew up in a devout Independent Christian Baptist household, shared that when she was 6, she prayed a prayer that led her to believe that she was saved. “At that moment when I was six I just kind of did it because my sister was doing it and I just repeated some words and asked Jesus into my heart type thing,” Jinger explained. “But I was not truly saved from my sin. So whenever I was 12, 13, 14, I was wrestling with a lot of things and at that time I kind of realized that I knew that I wasn’t saved from my sins — I realized I need a savior and none of my good works are going to get me to get me to heaven.”