Jason Janz, Founder
Jason and his wife Jen have four boys and live in inner-city Denver. Jason has a master's degree in theology and has worked as a pastor since 1996. He enjoys the mountains, leadership, reading, and being with his family. His burdens include helping the poor, developing leadership, and world missions. He is entrepreneurial in nature and has been involved in starting several ministries, such as:
- Changed Life Ministries - a faith-based addiction recovery program
- Providence Bible Church - a nondenominational church
- Encompass - a ministry to uplift orphans, single moms, and widows
- Strong Tower - a ministry that helps ex-felons reenter society
He has written Alone With God, a tutorial on how to have daily devotions. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Upstream Impact, a nonprofit that is helping families in northeast Denver move from poverty to permanent self-sufficiency. Jason is also the Executive Director of the Friends of Cole Foundation, a foundation that partners with the school that his children attend in the Five Points area of Denver.
Juan Peña, Executive Director
Juan emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia as a Spanish-speaking 14-year-old and was the first Hispanic to graduate from his high school in Hamilton, MA. He went on to receive his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts. After spending 6 years with an engineering firm, he entered Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA, earning his Master of Divinity. While attending seminary, he worked as an engineer and planted a multiethnic, socioeconomically diverse church in the Poconos. Juan joined Providence in July 2008 to be a part of the Providence Bible Church elder team. Juan is deeply engaged in serving the Near Northeast community in downtown Denver.
- He is Chief Program Officer of Upstream Impact. A nonprofit that is helping northeast Denver families escape poverty and pursue their dreams.
- He is also a Founding Board member of University Preparatory School - a Kindergarten through 5th grade tuition-free college-prep public charter school.
Juan and his wife Courtney live in the Clayton neighborhood of Denver with their four boys.
Greg Hahl, Program Director
Greg grew up in New Jersey and moved to Colorado when he was twelve. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2010, where he developed a deep love for the city and a passion for cross-cultural ministry. Greg is also a graduate of the first CrossPurpose Center cohort.
God has given Greg a deep passion for developing others. Since high school, Greg has been a mentor and youth leader for younger students. At Wheaton, Greg studied sociology and urban studies, and, after graduation, worked as a refugee youth case manager where he started a mentoring program for young at-risk refugee teens. After two years of service in Chicago, God called him to northeast Denver where he has been mentoring a group of fatherless boys from the neighborhood, serving on the leadership team of Providence Bible Church's youth group, and working as a case manager to help families out of generational poverty.
Greg loves to see others thrive and live up to their God-given potential. He also loves basketball, biking, and walking on his hands in public places.
Dr. Jeff Cook, Director of Academics
Jeff and his native-born German wife Inge have four grown children and four grandchildren. Jeff has a doctorate from Trinity International University in Chicago. Both he and his wife are deeply committed to cross-cultural ministry. Their ministry experience includes over a decade of church-planting in Europe, a lot of years in poor urban communities in North American contexts, as well as fifteen years of teaching urban ministry at the university level. Jeff has also taught as an adjunct professor around the world in places like Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Austria.
Jeff is wired as a mobilizer and his greatest passion is preparing and motivating people to be both biblically and culturally informed for effective ministry among the marginalized, poor, and invisible of the inner city. Inge has a great concern and sensitivity to immigrants and refugees in light of her immigrant background.
Jeff is a marathoner and amateur triathlete who has completed a myriad of triathlons as well as 3 full Ironman-distance triathlons. He readily admits, though, that at middle age his goal for any race is only to finish. He regularly and successfully avoids both the medical tent and the winner’s podium.
Ray Brim, Life Coach
Ray spent 20 years ministering in the local church in the suburbs of north Atlanta. He has a master's in religious education and has served in various roles in the local church including youth pastor, worship leader, and associate pastor. He also planted a church in Holly Springs, GA where he pastored for six years. Ray has a passion to teach the Bible, disciple young adults, and shepherd the flock of God.
In 2008, God began a transformational journey to bring Ray out of a traditional, attractional mode of ministry and into a more incarnational, missional approach to living out the gospel. In 2010, he and his wife Pattie, along with their youngest daughter Rayanne, sold their home, said goodbye to their four adult children and five grandchildren, and moved into the inner-city neighborhoods of Denver. They joined with Providence Bible Church in 2012 and serve at CPCUL in identity development and spiritual formation.
Ray and Pattie live in the Clayton community in northeast Denver at the Steele Street Apartments, where many of the Fellows reside. They love living in community where their door is easily accessed, their table is always prepared and their home is always welcoming.
Pattie Brim, Life Coach
Pattie is the wife of Ray and the mother of five adult children and “Grand” to five grandchildren. She has served faithfully as a pastor’s wife in the local church for over 20 years as a leader in women’s ministry, speaker at women’s events, soloist in music ministry, leader in Bible studies. She has discipled women and teens, counseling many on their journey to know Christ and follow Him. She is recognized for her love of God, her strong faith, and her compassion for people. Her story that began in the projects of Miami and has landed her in the inner city communities of northeast Denver is a beautiful journey of faith, grace, and the sovereignty and providence of God.
Pattie has a love for God’s Word, a strong belief in the power of prayer, and a passion to bring healing to the hearts of the wounded.
Dr. Ted Travis, Urban Ministry Professor
Born and raised in a poor community on Long Island, New York, Ted Travis was studying voice at the Vienna Conservatory when Jesus Christ changed his life. After two years among missionary leaders in Vienna, he returned to the states and to Denver, Colorado, where he received a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary while founding and leading a neighborhood-based youth ministry.
For 30 years Ted Travis pioneered a transformational approach to urban youth ministry. Starting with youth not yet immersed in the gang/street culture, he established a process of discipleship through leadership. Youth grew in their understanding of God and themselves through the real-life leadership experience of directing the ministry's children's program. Today, Ted seeks to pour into the next generation of urban leaders that will carry on his legacy in Denver and beyond.
Pam Austin, Administrative Assistant
Pam grew up in Pueblo, Colorado and moved to Denver in 1998 to attend Colorado Christian University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management in Christian Leadership. She currently resides in Park Hill with her husband, Nathan, and two sons, Fischer and Trace. She feels honored to be able to use her administrative and leadership skills to support, equip and empower the Fellows as they pursue God's calling in their lives.