J4R values shared leadership because we believe that every human being is made equally in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 27). We also believe that by God’s design, we each uniquely reflect the image of God in terms of our distinct cultural backgrounds, gender, personal gifts, talents, and abilities (Revelation 21: 26, Genesis 1: 27, Psalm 8:3-5). We center marginalized voices and marginalized people’s leadership because these voices are important and made in God’s image but are too often ignored.
Founders: Robert & Erica.
With a passion to create a space for students at the borderland of being activists and Christians, Robert and Erica, along with fellow community members, founded Jesus for Revolutionaries.
Dr. Robert Chao Romero
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.
Erica Shepler Romero
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 and 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.
Glafira Lopez grew up in Southeast Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a major in Chicana/o Studies. She was a leader in the Latino Fellowship Ministry with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. During her undergrad years, she also worked with immigrant rights organizations such as CARECEN and Guardian Angels. She was also an intern for J4R at UCLA. After she graduated college she joined staff with J4R because of her passion for working with young adults from marginalized backgrounds. She also currently works as a substitute teacher for a district in Southeast LA.
Samuel Geonetta Trihus
Sam joined J4R staff in Fall 2017 after serving for a year as a volunteer leader. He loves the opportunity J4R gives to journey alongside young justice-workers of color and platform their leadership and voice. Prior to his ministry with Jesus for Revolutionaries, Sam served as a community college minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Sam grew up as a missionary kid in Yaounde, Cameroon, West-Central Africa. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., where he met his wife Alejandra. Sam, Alejandra, and baby Emanuel Itzae live in East Los Angeles, Calif.
Regina Dupree is a native of Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies from California State University Long Beach and a Master’s of Social Work from California State University Dominguez Hills. Having worked as a Social Worker for ten years, Regina is committed to serving women affected by domestic violence and is especially passionate about the intersection of race, gender and violence.