The Love Thy Neighborhood Staff and Board of Directors are passionate about discipling Christians to serve their neighbors, cultivate healthy relationships and follow Jesus in their culture and context.
Jesse is the Founder and Executive Director of Love Thy Neighborhood. He’s been leading urban missions programs for young adults since 2005 and served on the leadership staff at a homeless shelter for 9 years before launching Love Thy Neighborhood in 2014. He hosts the Love Thy Neighborhood podcast as well as The Enneacast, is an ordained minister and a certified Enneagram coach. He is the author of “How We Relate: Understanding God, Yourself and Others Through the Enneagram” from Zondervan Books and is passionate about the intersection of social action, relational health and Christian spiritual formation. Relevant Magazine named Jesse one of the top 50 Christian artists and activists making an impact on culture in America. He geeks out over Ira Glass and Tim Keller, loves listening to his wife Lindsay rap Salt-N-Pepa lyrics, and traveling with his son and daughter. Jesse and his family reside in the Audubon Park neighborhood in Louisville, KY.
Kirsten was born and raised in Tampa, Fla. but relocated to Louisville to serve in Love Thy Neighborhood’s urban missions program for both a summer term and a year-long term. She’s excited to have joined the ministry staff and now be recruiting other young adults to benefit from the program. Kirsten has a passion for helping people and loves having fun in every moment possible. She is deeply involved in service to her church and loves the community she’s found there. She enjoys spending time with friends, reading good books, and spending time with her cat, Cat. Kirsten resides with her roommates in the Shelby Park neighborhood.
Kiana is a graduate of Wayland University in Texas where she received the Female Citizenship Award, Wayland’s highest honor. She is an alum of the precursor to Love Thy Neighborhood’s urban missions program and even met her husband, Brad, who was a fellow team member. Kiana previously served as a special events coordinator and office administrator for area nonprofits. She’s obsessed with house plants, enjoys interior design, loves baking, and enjoys laughing at the humor of her husband as he entertains their son and daughter. Kiana and her family reside in the George Rogers Clark Park neighborhood.
Anna is from Lancaster, Pa and is an alum of Love Thy Neighborhood’s urban missions program. Anna graduated from Millersville University where she learned to tune her ears by studying music and audio technology. After reading some movie credits, she discovered that being a sound designer is a real job, and she’s been pursuing that ever since. Anna loves her family, friends, and the Church, and she enjoys thinking about a lot of things like God, culture, creativity, sound, and media. On the weekends, you might find her at a grocery store or trying to learn something on YouTube. Anna currently lives in the Beechmont neighborhood.
Anna grew up in the Atlanta area before attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN where she got her undergraduate degree in Commercial Music. From Nashville, she made her way to Louisville where she graduated with her Master of Divinity with a focus on missions. She then moved to the Bay Area to help plant Realm Church before returning to the East Coast and joining the LTN team. Anna loves running, hiking and going on adventures. She and her puppy, Banjo, live (and take a lot of walks!) in the Old Louisville neighborhood.
Lindsey is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. Lindsey completed her undergraduate education at Texas A&M University and will soon graduate with her Master of Divinity in Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lindsey comes to Love Thy Neighborhood with loads of experience in administrative assistance and Enneagram coaching. She also loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. You can most often find Lindsey drinking a Chick-fil-A iced tea. Lindsey currently lives in the Prospect neighborhood.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Owner, Louisville Overstock Warehouse
Community Engagement Leader, Thrivent Financial
HR Generalist, Dell Technologies
Mobilization Director, Sojourn East
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Partner, Launch Capital