Keynote Speaker

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork.  She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy.   She currently resides in California as the Assisting Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Hollywood and is a doctoral student/candidate for the Fuller Theological Seminary, Doctorate in Missiology.  She was recently awarded the Distinguished Ministry of Special Service Award in 2016.

She is affiliate faculty for the Spanish MDiv and School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary. She is adjunct faculty for the MATUL program at Azusa Pacific Seminary, Masters in Urban Studies at Eastern University, Micah Doctorate of Ministry for the New York Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry program’s Public Engagement Track for Wesley Theological Seminary, AETH (Asociación para La Educación Teológica Hispana), and Biblical Virtual, Argentina.

In addition to co-founding the Guardian Angels Project and Welcoming Congregations Network in 2014, she currently serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association.  She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including the co-founding of the national Evangelical Immigration Table (a very broad coalition of evangelical leaders and institutions advocating for immigration reform).

She has served in several organizations including the Christian Community Development Association; Disciples of Christ—Anti-Racism Team; United Methodist Bishops Committee on Race, Gender and Sexuality; Reformed Church in America—Community Development Department; Cathedrals of the Night—ELCA Homeless Ministries; and CLUE-CA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice). CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Under Alexia’s leadership, CLUE-CA became known for its young leaders’ project, the New Sanctuary Movement (in which congregations in 37 cities around the country accompanied immigrant workers and their families facing deportation), and the “Our Children” project in Orange County which engages immigrant and non-immigrant evangelical congregations in joint ministry to immigrant youth facing deportation.