Meet the Team – Beauty for Ashes Fund

The Beauty for Ashes team is a dynamic group of students, professors, and community members, each with particular passions and skills, that have banded together in the common desire to seek justice and to seek God in and amongst the devastating reality of Human Trafficking in San Diego. As we journey to fund the Beauty for Ashes Fund, we hope that you come alongside us. In order to come alongside us, we thought you might like to know a little bit more about who we are and where we are coming from. So, in brief, enjoy getting to know our team!

Director: Dad/Pastor – Dr. Jamie Gates Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.04.35 PM

Jamie Gates is professor of cultural anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at PLNU and serves as the director of the University’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation. Jamie is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and task force member for the Church of the Nazarene’s Global Social Justice Initiative.

Having been raised in and studied apartheid South Africa, Jamie continues to work with justice and reconciliation as core theological and social concerns. Jamie co-leads a federally funded research project that is looking deeper into the ties between gangs and human trafficking in San Diego.He leads a monthly speaker series called Brewed Awakening, which brings justice-oriented speakers to campus.

Among his publications is the book Living Justice: Revolutionary Compassion in a Broken World (2007), which introduces Christian young adults to ways of being engaged with passion and wisdom for justice in the world. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Eastern Nazarene College, a Master of Divinity degree with emphases in religion, philosophy, and multiculturalism from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.

Jamie is a father to his family, a minister to the Church, a professor to his students, an anthropologist researcher by trade, a mentor to friends, and an all out lover of Jesus Christ.

Human Trafficking Congregational Liaison: Graphic Designer – Michelle ShoemakerScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.04.59 PM

Michelle graduated from PLNU in 1988, with a degree in graphic communications, and then went on to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA which set the foundation for the launch of her Design and Marketing Studio, Vantage Point Design in 1991. She has specialized in direct mail advertising, design and marketing for large non-profit organizations, churches and universities across the U.S. and Latin America.

While spending 20+ years fundraising for large ministries, a deep desire to “be” in ministry took root. In 2012, she heard a San Diego Sheriff discuss the realities of human trafficking of local girls as young as 12 – 14 yrs old, just 3 miles away from her home, in San Diego’s Hotel Circle. This became a pivotal moment. After a lot of prayer and waiting for the right opportunity, she came in contact with Dr. Gates who offered her a position at the CJR to be a liaison between local and national churches and universities and PLNU on the subject of PLNU’s work on Human Trafficking.

Currently she sits on the Leadership Team of San Diego’s Churches Against Trafficking group (representing 60+ San Diego churches of different denominations), and also represents PLNU’s CJR at various community meetings, including the San Diego County Human Trafficking Advisory Council Meetings (which includes key members of Law Enforcement, the DA’s Office, Child Welfare, the Department of Education, Victims Services, University Researchers, and Community Organizations).

The relationships formed within these groups have deeply embedded PLNU as a solid player and advocate within the center of San Diego’s anti-Human Trafficking movement at large. Michelle also speaks on behalf of the CJR to churches and other groups interested in learning about Human Trafficking, and the role of faith communities in the movement to end it.

External Relations: Mom/Business Owner – Kim JonesScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.05.44 PM

Kim Berry Jones, a 1990 Point Loma Nazarene University graduate is the owner of Canopy Marketing, a San Diego marketing and web development firm.

Kim volunteers with the PLNU Center for Justice & Reconciliation offering assistance with strategic planning, external relations and fundraising for the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund. Kim also volunteers at Generate Hope, a safe house for survivors of human trafficking.

She is a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and participates in Journey Against Exploitation, a ministry of Journey Community Church in La Mesa, CA. Kim is a passionate and dedicated woman of God who is whole-heartedly seeking new ways to serve others, and the anti-trafficking movement has been one avenue of that out-pouring.

Intern: Daughter/Student- Mollie Ah SingScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.06.15 PM

Mollie Ah Sing is a Senior International Studies major concentrating in Peace Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University. Mollie grew up in Hawaii and is a second generation Nazarene.  Mollie first researched human trafficking in the context of Independent Research in Kathmandu, Nepal.

After learning about trafficking abroad, Mollie returned to Point Loma and began working with Dr. Gates at the CJR with the Beauty for Ashes Team to learn what human trafficking looks like in San Diego. Now Mollie serves as the Lead Beauty for Ashes intern for the CJR as well as the Outreach Coordinator for the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, a dynamic Victim’s Service Provider in the anti-human trafficking sector in San Diego.

Mollie seeks to humbly serve others by creating spaces of unity and diversity in which justice can be reached.

Intern: Daughter/Student- Katherine FlemingScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.06.45 PM

Katherine is a sophomore at PLNU. She is originally from Boise, Idaho where her family currently lives. The summer before her freshman year in high school, Katherine attended a conference where she learned about the international sex trade. She continued to be interested in the modern day abolition movement as she entered college and began working with Dr. Gates and the Beauty for Ashes team in 2013.

She spent the past summer working with churches and non-profits in Boise, connecting and educating as she did ministry with middle schoolers. Katherine now interns for Dr. Gates and partners with Mollie as the second Beauty for Ashes intern.

She is a social work major and after graduation, hopes to use her degree to do work with victims services in San Diego and abroad.

Intern: Daughter/Student- Clara Anne McGarryScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.06.54 PM

Clara Anne is a Senior studying Social Work at PLNU. Clara Anne is from Arizona but a California surfer girl at heart. Clara Anne has served as a lead on the Beauty for Ashes team since the Fall of 2013 and is dedicated to seeking truth and being aware of harsher realities.

Clara Anne has interned for the Salvation Army: Door of Hope and worked to learn what the scope of trafficking is in San Diego.

Intern: Daughter/Student- Sabrina Van ZuidenScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.07.12 PM

Sabrina Van Zuiden was a summer intern at the CJR. After discovering a passion for the fight against trafficking, she found a proactive space to participate through Beauty for Ashes.

Sabrina is currently a sociology student at UC Berkeley, and hopes to continue working in the anti-trafficking movement in the bay area.

If you want to give to the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund, your tax deductible donation can be given here: Beauty for Ashes Fund.

Comments

  1. Eve Hill says

    Hi,

    My name is Eve Hill and I am partnering with a group that is helping girls who have been trafficked. We are under the Christian organization FACESS ( Fighting Against Child Exploitation and Sexual Slavery) and I was just wondering if there was any way I could talk/meet up with your team to talk about what we are doing?

    Thanks for all that you are doing,

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