‘Duck Dynasty’ Wife Jessica Robertson Shares How Unexpected Fame and Quirky Family Has Helped Her Share Her Faith

COURTESY OF HEART TO HOME Jessica Robertson, Missy Robertson, Miss Kay Robertson, Lisa Robertson and Korie Robertson.
Jessica Robertson, Missy Robertson, Miss Kay Robertson, Lisa Robertson and Korie Robertson.

Jessica Robertson belongs to a big, unusual family—evangelical Christians made famous by their popular duck-call company Duck Commander and the hit A&E series Duck Dynasty.

Since its premiere three years ago, the show has set cable reality TV records, attracting millions of viewers and hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing. Despite its recognizable, bushy-bearded stars (Phil Robertson and his goofy brother Uncle Si, plus sons Alan, Willie, Jase, and Jep), their supportive wives (matriarch “Miss Kay,” and Lisa, Korie, Missy, and Jessica) bring humor and heart to each episode.

Through the show, now in its seventh season, “we spend more time together, and those relationships have grown and deepened,” said Jessica, 34, who married the youngest Robertson son, Jep. Their family of six recently moved onto the same street as his three older brothers, in their northeast Louisiana hometown, West Monroe.

While many rant about meddling in-laws, Jessica raves about hers. She praises her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law for helping strengthen her marriage. And despite our skepticism over the fame and overexposure of reality TV, Jessica says the platform gave her the confidence to share her faith on a large scale.

Jessica and the fellow women of Duck Dynasty will speak at next month’s Heart to Home Conference, a women’s ministry and mentorship program they’ve been involved in through their church (a local Church of Christ congregation). She also recently completed a book with her husband about seeking God through struggles in marriage, The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God (Thomas Nelson, June 2015).

Jessica talked to Her.meneutics editor Kate Shellnutt about what it’s like to become famous enough to find your face on a cutting board, the significance of Christian witness on reality TV, and how hunting’s a family affair.

When you started dating your husband, Jep, what were your initial impressions of the Robertson family, your in-laws?

Right away Miss Kay and Lisa reached out to me. Without them, I don’t know if Jep and I would even have gotten married. I was going through a hard time, and they really showed Jesus to me. They showed forgiveness and love and understanding. I cling to their friendships, and Jep and I spent a lot of time at Lisa and Alan’s house, listening to what they had to say about life and marriage and our walk with Christ. Right away, I fell in the love with the family.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Kate Shellnutt

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