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Our NYC Based Staff

 
 
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Raleigh Sadler

Raleigh Sadler has served in Christian ministry for the last 15 years. Currently, he is the founder and executive director of Let My People Go in NYC. His passion is to see the local church fight global injustices, like human trafficking, by loving those most vulnerable.

As a speaker, his work has taken him to universities and churches across the country speaking on how the christian faith frees us to explore justice and mercy in our communities. With that said, he believes that the church should be leading the way in the fight against human trafficking. With this message, he has worked with the Price of Life Invitational, New York City Urban Project, the MNYBA, the New York State Anti-trafficking Coalition, City Serve, as well as several other justice and mercy organizations. He believes it is the responsibility of the church to love those who are at risk of exploitation. 


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Hannah Garland

Hannah is a current MDiv student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is serving as Let My People Go's Research and Development Fellow. She is a 2015 grad of Western Kentucky University where she studied International Affairs, Philosophy, and Mandarin. Throughout college, she became passionate about the plight of the vulnerable, working with undocumented orphans in China and Taiwan, as well as with international students with CRU. Hannah is committed to seeing communities transformed through equipping individuals, particularly in the local church, to love those who are hurting around them.


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Kristyn Davis

Kristyn is a May 2015 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where she received a bachelor's degree in Christian Studies: Missions/Ministry. During her college years, Kristyn spent two of her summers living and serving in New York City. It was during this time she was connected to Raleigh Sadler and Let My People Go. Upon moving to New York City in the Fall of 2015, she spent a year as an apprentice while also beginning her journey with LMPG. Kristyn is currently overseeing the LMPG Experience Internships.

 
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Our Advisors

 
 
Kevin Palau is president of the Luis Palau Association, a Portland, Oregon based ministry that has shared the gospel with 1 billion people around the world.  In 2008, he pioneered a citywide service initiative designed for long-term sustainable collaboration between churches and cities, known as City Serve. The effort has received widespread media coverage in major outlets including USA Today, Reader’s Digest, and PBS’s Religion and Ethics. Kevin also developed the Next Generation Alliance, which exists to serve up-and-coming evangelists through mentoring and equipping, collaborative outreach events and training and conferences. The experience and resources of decades of evangelism are shared with more than 500 partner evangelists who are taking the Gospel to the world in the 21st century.

Kevin Palau is president of the Luis Palau Association, a Portland, Oregon based ministry that has shared the gospel with 1 billion people around the world.  In 2008, he pioneered a citywide service initiative designed for long-term sustainable collaboration between churches and cities, known as City Serve. The effort has received widespread media coverage in major outlets including USA Today, Reader’s Digest, and PBS’s Religion and Ethics. Kevin also developed the Next Generation Alliance, which exists to serve up-and-coming evangelists through mentoring and equipping, collaborative outreach events and training and conferences. The experience and resources of decades of evangelism are shared with more than 500 partner evangelists who are taking the Gospel to the world in the 21st century.

Shandra Woworuntu is the Founder and Vice-President of Mentari, a human trafficking survivor empowerment program in New York City. Originally from Indonesia, Shandra is a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence.  She now uses her voice to educate and raise awareness of trafficking to members of the community, churches, high schools, universities, various organizations, and government institutions. She is involved with Voice of Hope, and is a leader at Safe Horizon. She is also an executive board member and policy champion at the National Survivor Network in the United States. She regularly lobbies for laws in D.C. and acts as a pro-bono consultant for numerous anti-trafficking organizations.  Full bio here.

Shandra Woworuntu is the Founder and Vice-President of Mentari, a human trafficking survivor empowerment program in New York City. Originally from Indonesia, Shandra is a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence.  She now uses her voice to educate and raise awareness of trafficking to members of the community, churches, high schools, universities, various organizations, and government institutions. She is involved with Voice of Hope, and is a leader at Safe Horizon. She is also an executive board member and policy champion at the National Survivor Network in the United States. She regularly lobbies for laws in D.C. and acts as a pro-bono consultant for numerous anti-trafficking organizations.  Full bio here.

Jarvis Williams is associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary. Prior to coming to Southern, he served as an assistant professor and an associate professor of New Testament and Greek from 2008-2012 in a university context. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology, Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African-American Voices (co-editor), and A Chosen Race and a Royal Priesthood: A Biblical Theology of Ethnic Identity.

Jarvis Williams is associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary. Prior to coming to Southern, he served as an assistant professor and an associate professor of New Testament and Greek from 2008-2012 in a university context. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology, Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African-American Voices (co-editor), and A Chosen Race and a Royal Priesthood: A Biblical Theology of Ethnic Identity.

Corban Addison has been highlighting the voices of the exploited through the power of narrative as an author. He is the internationally bestselling author of four novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, The Tears of Dark Water (winner of the inaugural Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award), and A Harvest of Thorns, all of which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery and labor rights and supply chain transparency in the global economy. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia. Full bio here. 

Corban Addison has been highlighting the voices of the exploited through the power of narrative as an author. He is the internationally bestselling author of four novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, The Tears of Dark Water (winner of the inaugural Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award), and A Harvest of Thorns, all of which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery and labor rights and supply chain transparency in the global economy. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia. Full bio here

Kristin Keen, co-founder of Sari Bari and founder of Rethreaded, has been empowering women who have been sexually exploited by offering them safe, empowering work to support themselves and their families. Kristin lived and worked for five years in Kolkata, India where she daily encountered the life-stealing effects of the area's sex trade. During this time, she co-founded a business that could offer these women a safe haven. This business, Sari Bari, is a thriving business that employs more than 120 people in Kolkata who create beautiful handmade blankets and other products from traditional fabrics. Upon her return to Jacksonville, Kristin felt called to fight the sex trade on a local level, and Rethreaded was born. Beginning by forming relationships with women on the street and making prison visits, she knew the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where these women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community. 

Kristin Keen, co-founder of Sari Bari and founder of Rethreaded, has been empowering women who have been sexually exploited by offering them safe, empowering work to support themselves and their families. Kristin lived and worked for five years in Kolkata, India where she daily encountered the life-stealing effects of the area's sex trade. During this time, she co-founded a business that could offer these women a safe haven. This business, Sari Bari, is a thriving business that employs more than 120 people in Kolkata who create beautiful handmade blankets and other products from traditional fabrics. Upon her return to Jacksonville, Kristin felt called to fight the sex trade on a local level, and Rethreaded was born. Beginning by forming relationships with women on the street and making prison visits, she knew the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where these women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community. 

Larry Christensen and his wife, Deb Christensen, serve in New York City with Cru City. They are graduates of the University of Nebraska and joined Campus Crusade staff in 1974. They led the ministry at Dartmouth College for 15 years before assuming the leadership role of Metro Campus Director for New York City in 1995.  Larry now works closely with pastors and other organizations in NYC to find avenues to implement CityServe activities to bless the City. Larry and Deb have four adult married sons, and five grandchildren. Full bio here. 

Larry Christensen and his wife, Deb Christensen, serve in New York City with Cru City. They are graduates of the University of Nebraska and joined Campus Crusade staff in 1974. They led the ministry at Dartmouth College for 15 years before assuming the leadership role of Metro Campus Director for New York City in 1995.  Larry now works closely with pastors and other organizations in NYC to find avenues to implement CityServe activities to bless the City. Larry and Deb have four adult married sons, and five grandchildren. Full bio here

Gerry Breshears—professor, author, and pastor—has been a professor of theology at Western Seminary since 1980. He served three years with WorldVenture in the Philippines, teaching mathematics at Faith Academy and helping start Calvary Baptist Church. He now teaches overseas about one month per year. In addition to teaching and lecturing at a number of colleges and seminaries around the world, he speaks in many churches. He is co-author of Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, Vintage Church, and Doctrine. Gerry and his wife, Sherry, have two sons, Donn and David, and a daughter, Cyndee, and three grandchildren. He is an elder and a member of the preaching team at Grace Community Church of Gresham, Oregon. Full bio here. 

Gerry Breshears—professor, author, and pastor—has been a professor of theology at Western Seminary since 1980. He served three years with WorldVenture in the Philippines, teaching mathematics at Faith Academy and helping start Calvary Baptist Church. He now teaches overseas about one month per year. In addition to teaching and lecturing at a number of colleges and seminaries around the world, he speaks in many churches. He is co-author of Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, Vintage Church, and Doctrine. Gerry and his wife, Sherry, have two sons, Donn and David, and a daughter, Cyndee, and three grandchildren. He is an elder and a member of the preaching team at Grace Community Church of Gresham, Oregon. Full bio here

The Reverend Jacob Smith is the Rector at Calvary-St. George’s Parish and the co-founder of Mockingbird. Jacob graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a BA in History, with an emphasis in Near Eastern Studies, and received his Masters in Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Serving in the church where Alcoholics Anonymous was born, he aims to display Christ to the vulnerable. Jacob’s passion for the Gospel is clearly seen through his preaching emphasis on law and gospel—that God’s law condemns, but His grace moves us to love God and our neighbor—is a consistent message to the congregation of Calvary-St. George’s. Full bio here. 

The Reverend Jacob Smith is the Rector at Calvary-St. George’s Parish and the co-founder of Mockingbird. Jacob graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a BA in History, with an emphasis in Near Eastern Studies, and received his Masters in Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Serving in the church where Alcoholics Anonymous was born, he aims to display Christ to the vulnerable. Jacob’s passion for the Gospel is clearly seen through his preaching emphasis on law and gospel—that God’s law condemns, but His grace moves us to love God and our neighbor—is a consistent message to the congregation of Calvary-St. George’s. Full bio here

Iryna Makaruk is a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, who is determined to raise awareness about the widespread issue of human trafficking in our community. She strives to educate the public about trafficking through speaking to various academic, religious and social organizations.

Iryna Makaruk is a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, who is determined to raise awareness about the widespread issue of human trafficking in our community. She strives to educate the public about trafficking through speaking to various academic, religious and social organizations.

Ben Skinner is an award-winning author and journalist who has been studying the U.S. and global political economies, specializing in modern-day slavery. In researching his book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery, he observed the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents. His articles and investigations have appeared in such outlets as Time, Newsweek International, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and on ABC's Nightline, where one of his book's chapters was adapted into an Emmy-award-winning episode, "How to Buy a Child in Ten Hours."

Ben Skinner is an award-winning author and journalist who has been studying the U.S. and global political economies, specializing in modern-day slavery. In researching his book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery, he observed the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents. His articles and investigations have appeared in such outlets as Time, Newsweek International, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and on ABC's Nightline, where one of his book's chapters was adapted into an Emmy-award-winning episode, "How to Buy a Child in Ten Hours."

Pastor Taylor Field has been serving the marginalized and vulnerable in his community for the past thirty-one years as the pastor and director of Graffiti Church in Alphabet City, Manhattan. He has an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and a Ph.D. from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, as well as has written a number of books, including Upside Down Freedom, Upside Down Leadership, Upside Down Devotion, Squat, Mercy Streets, and A Church Called Graffiti. His wife Susan serves in collegiate ministry and is also a writer. Their two sons have both returned to NYC, each leading other Baptist ministries. Full bio here. 

Pastor Taylor Field has been serving the marginalized and vulnerable in his community for the past thirty-one years as the pastor and director of Graffiti Church in Alphabet City, Manhattan. He has an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and a Ph.D. from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, as well as has written a number of books, including Upside Down FreedomUpside Down LeadershipUpside Down DevotionSquat, Mercy Streets, and A Church Called Graffiti. His wife Susan serves in collegiate ministry and is also a writer. Their two sons have both returned to NYC, each leading other Baptist ministries. Full bio here

 
 
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What We Value

 
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Motivated by the Gospel 

LMPG is motivated by the gospel of salvation and grace, not one of law or guilt. Only the Gospel is sufficient enough to motivate the local church to selflessly love those most vulnerable. LMPG believes that the only way to love others is to rest in God's love for us, which is clearly articulated in the historic creeds of the Church.


Empowered to Empower

LMPG desires to empower the churches that we partner with to effectively reach the vulnerable in their communities. In turn, the most vulnerable are empowered – being brought from vulnerability to strength. 


Compassionate on Purpose

Recognizing that we, as human beings, do not naturally drift into compassion, LMPG strives to be intentional and strategic – demonstrating compassion in all that we do.


Professional

LMPG seeks to cultivate a culture of integrity, virtue, wisdom, and commitment that influences all of our actions and interactions. By being professional, we treat others with dignity.