Josh is a dreamer and a storyteller. He finds the story that God invites us into captivating and he is passionate about inviting others into that story. He has been on staff with Cru for fifteen years, the first ten of which he served with Epic, Cru’s ministry focused on reaching Asian American students and faculty. He now leads a team with his wife Wendy in Portland, OR, focused on unleashing young professionals to live on mission.
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Robert Chao Romero and Erica Shepler Romero | Immigration
Erica Shepler Romero is the co-founder of Christian Students of Conscience and Jesus for Revolutionaries Church with her husband, Robert Chao Romero. After graduating from Purdue University, she began full-time urban ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ where she was on the founding team of the S.A.Y. Yes! Centers for Youth Development. She served and learned from urban & immigrant churches in Los Angeles for 15 years, eventually becoming the Director of Ministry Partner Relations. In that capacity, she coordinated volunteers an d trainings for the LA area S.A.Y. Yes! Centers, and served as youth development staff in South LA at Prosperity Missionary Baptist/Koinonia Church. Later she directed the JAC ministry (Justice, Advocacy & Compassion) at New Song, Los Angeles Church. After marrying Robert, they performed a “ministry merger”, connecting activist students, urban ministry, and a passion to live transformational Christ-centered lives. They live in the LA area with their two young children.
Robert is an Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Robert authored two books: the award-winning “The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940” and his Christian book entitled “Jesus for Revolutionaries.” As an ordained pastor, Robert co-directs the ministry of Jesus for Revolutionaries, a community of Christian activists who connect on various campuses, online, and gather monthly in LA, with his wife Erica Shepler Romero. Robert is also an attorney who occasionally takes cases related to immigration. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA and J.D. from UC Berkeley