Local Speakers at Q Commons

Our featured local speakers for September’s Q Commons include Brent Christie (Jubilee REACH), Andrea Kaufmann (World Vision) and Paul LaRose (Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission). Each one offers an impressive background of experience and insight from their fields. It’s going to be an engaging and informative evening and we hope you will join us! To register, click here!

Love, Listen, Learn

Brent Christie, Executive Director of Jubilee REACH: a Christian non-profit partnering with the Bellevue

School District to meet the social/emotional needs of students and families, and seeing radical transformation in student attendance, academic performance and reduction of bullying and gang behavior.

Learning from Christian and Muslim Partnerships for Community Development Andrea Kaufmann is a Senior Advisor for World Vision International’s programs in training faith leaders. WVI’s programs have trained more than 400,000 pastors, imams, sheiks, and various faith leaders. She is passionate about Seattle weather, mountains, ocean, and the best thing that’s ever happened to her is the Malaysian restaurant Kedai Makan. She lives in Central District with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Imogen.

Fostering the Vulnerable

Paul LaRose is the Senior Director of Specialized Ministries at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and has served as a Therapeutic Foster Parent, Youth Pastor, Foster Care Trainer. During their time as therapeutic foster parents, he and his wife specialized in caring for children that would otherwise be sent to Residential Treatment Centers and Psychiatric Hospitals. Their method of stabilizing the emotions and behaviors of high level of care children while creating a trauma informed therapy network quickly caught the attention of service providers. Paul began conducting trainings and sharing methods to other therapeutic foster homes. As a youth worker Paul has been influential in developing kids programs for churches and other non-profit organizations.

-Nathan Ryan

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