Jon Huckins is a pastor and the co-founding director of The Global Immersion Project. He writes for numerous publications including USA Today, Red Letter Christians, Sojourners, and RELEVANT and is a contributing author to multiple books. Jon has written three books, including the award-winning Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World, co-authored with Jer Swigart. He regularly speaks at churches, universities and conferences and has a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Theology and Christian Ethics. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Jan, three daughters (Ruby, Rosie, and Lou) and one son (Hank) where they co-lead an intentional Christian community seeking to live as a reconciling presence in their neighborhood of Sherman Heights. Find Jon at jonhuckins.net, Twitter (@jonhuckins) or Facebook.
Alejandra Ortiz is a regional director for Compa (Christian university ministry) in México, serving communities of staff and students in the Northwest of the country. She is a bridge-builder between churches, students and local NGO’s. She and her husband are active in a local church that serves as a shelter for migrants and refugees. They are also a part of a small intentional Christian community. Some of the most important events in her life have happened in border cities. She was born in San Diego; USA, grew and got married in Tijuana, México—her hometown—and her daughter was born in Vancouver, Canada (while she finished her MA in Theology and Church History at Regent College). Ale loves to have coffee, chai, traveling, walking and writing in her blog about theology and life.
Hailey Mitsui is the director of formation for The Global Immersion Project. She has been doing fundraising, communications, and mobilization in the non-profit sector for ten years. Hailey is mixed-race and has spent her life integrating her identities and navigating the realities of privilege and marginalization. She is on the founding board of The Mystic Soul Project, a recent graduate of the Center for Action & Contemplation's Living School. Her current area of focus is grounding her passion for racial justice, social equality and peacemaking in contemplative spiritual practices and self-care. You can find her on Instagram @mitsmitsmits.
Jer Swigart is the cofounder of The Global Immersion Project. His engagement within national and international conflicts as well as his experience as a faith leader and educator has formed him into a guide for individuals, churches, and organizations that are yearning to leverage their influence as instruments of peace in the places they live, work, and play. When he’s not navigating alpine life with his family in Bend, OR, Jer travels the country and world as a practitioner, coach, and speaker. He’s written for numerous publications, has contributed to several books, is a Pepperdine Cross Sector Leader Fellow, and is the co-author of the recently released and award winning book, Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World (IVP, 2017).