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Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
Rev. Alexia is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork.. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy. In addition to coordinating the Welcoming Congregations/Guardian Angels Network for the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA, she currently serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association.
Dr. Robert Chao Romero
Robert is an Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA and J.D. (law degree) from U.C. Berkeley. He’s also an attorney.
As pastor, Robert co-directs the ministry of Christian Students of Conscience together with his revolutionary wife Erica Shepler Romero. C.S.C. is a grass-roots organization (with a small budget, but a big heart) which trains and mobilizes students in issues of race and social justice from a Christian perspective.
Michael Mata (unavailable)
Michael has led and equipped others in urban transformation for more than 30 years through the creation of community and church-based programs. His work is focused on community transformation, youth leadership development, public health, intercultural outreach, and multiethnic ministry. Mata serves as community transformation specialist for Compassion Creates Change, Inc., and served as the director of tools for transformation for World Vision U.S. programs. He has nearly 20 years of experience in urban pastoral leadership, and is director of the Los Angeles Track of the M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership program. Mata holds degrees in biblical literature, religion, and urban planning.
Guillermo works in the downtown Los Angeles area and he focuses on immigration justice issues. Guillermo was the lead CLUE organizer on the living wage campaign in Long Beach, and currently spearheads CLUE's Unaccompanied Central American Refugee Empowerment (UCARE) coalition. After years as a Teamster, local businessman, and immigration rights activist, Guillermo comes to CLUE with a wealth of experience and a heart for the various communities we work in and with.
Young Lee Hertig
Rev. Dr. Young Lee Hertig is a Co-founder and Executive Director of ISAAC and AAWOL (Asian American Women On Leadership). She has taught courses on Spirituality, Sustainability, and Diversity at Azusa Pacific University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary since 1992. She holds three MAs in Counseling Psychology, Theology, Anthropology, and PhD in Intercultural Studies. Her passion is healing of memories, environment, and civic engagement. She is a conference, retreat speaker, author, and enjoys helping people RETOOL their life scripts.
Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D.
Kay is Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies and Program Director of the Religious Studies program at Azusa Pacific University. She writes about social justice issues as they relate to Critical Gender Theory, Postcoloniality and Evangelicalism. In her most recent publication, she was Editor-in-Chief of Postcolonial Evangelical Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014). She currently has two books under contract, one on the historical figure of Mary of Nazareth, and another on Latinx Biblical Hermeneutics.
Vanessa focuses on social-movement building, regional equity, and immigrant integration. She has co-authored several articles, reports, and a book chapter with PERE/CSII staff and affiliated faculty, including: “An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County” (with Manuel Pastor and Madeline Wander), and “What’s at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform, and Our Future Together” (with Manuel Pastor, Enrico Marcelli, and Jared Sanchez). She is often found writing, coaching others in writing, or speaking on PERE/CSII topics to diverse stakeholders. She holds an MA in Urban Planning (UCLA) and has worked at PERE/CSII since 2008.
Ruben is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Fuller seminary and has been active as an evangelist and missionary for years. He guest preaches at Union and is volunteering his time to help Spanish-speaking immigrants secure the proper paperwork for legal status.
David was born in Peru, but raised in California where he was married to his bride Claudia. David loves Christ and His Church, especially those in the margins. He served as Pastor of Student Ministries at Friendswood Friends Church near Houston, Texas and is currently a student at Fuller Seminary. He feels called to the ministry of reconciliation.
Heidi Worthen Gamble
Rev. Heidi is the Mission Catalyst in Pacific Presbytery. She is mother to Hannah (15) and Madeleine (11) and her husband Jason is solo pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Hawthorne. Heidi has served as Hunger Action Enabler for the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii; as Pastor and Director of a drop-in center for the homeless in Tacoma, Washington; and as Co-Pastor with her husband Jason in a Siberian Yupik Inuit (Eskimo) village in Savoonga, Alaska. She currently serves on Mayor Garcetti's Interfaith Collective Task Force, is a board member of CLUE-LA, a worker justice organization, and is one of the founders of the Los Angeles UCARE Coalition (Unaccompanied Minor and Refugee Empowerment). Heidi and Jason are graduates of San Francisco Theological Seminary, where they met and married.
Dr. Juan Martinez
Juan Martínez currently serves as special assistant to the provost as well as professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Martínez has served as vice president for diversity and international ministries, vice provost, associate provost for diversity and international programs, and director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Among other topics, his research focuses on the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity, ministry in Latino Protestant churches, Latino and Latin American Anabaptists, and transnational mission among US Latinos.
Marcos, originally from Costa Rica, also grew up in Peru, Ecuador, and Paraguay as the son of Peruvian Nazarene missionaries. Marcos received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Point Loma Nazarene University and his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Marcos has been church planting amongst the Latina community of the greater Los Angeles area for the last ten years. During this time, he has worked with nonprofit community organizations in the areas of urban youth development, mentorship, and immigration advocacy. Currently, Marcos is the pastor of La Fuente Ministries, a bilingual, intercultural, and intergenerational ministry of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene. He also serves on the advisory board for the Immigration Resource Center of the San Gabriel Valley. His other passion includes spending time with his loving wife, Andrea and his son, Elias Kaleo