CARE AND COMPASSION CENTER

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Matt Loeffler, Director of Missions

I was born and raised in the Sacramento area, graduated from Rio Americano High School and then UC Davis.  I was always a sports nut growing up and played in college.  My degree was in Exercise Science and my professional career began as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.  I then returned to Sacramento, married my amazing wife, Tiffany, and was managing health clubs for a few years.  In 2009, God began to put Haiti on our hearts and when the earthquake happened in January of 2010, we knew we had to go.  Through that experience God began a major shift in our hearts towards missions work.  I quit my job, moved to Haiti for 3 months, launched a microfinance program, began Bridgeway's partnership in Carrefour, Haiti. We are also in the process of adopting James and Lorie from Haiti. Now I have a relentless passion for missions and outreach and am blessed to able to do it full-time and partner with amazing people all over the world who are fulfilling the Great Commandment and Great Commission by ministering to "the least of these." 

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Courtney Smith, Community Care Director

I have had the privilege of serving with Bridgeway since 2008. I have had the opportunity to work in missions for the past few years and now serve as the Community Care Director. My passion is to serve in the development of strategies and approaches in order to enhance the collaboration of the church and social response to the community. I believe we can do this while sustaining effective, gospel centered and holistic care across the region. I have always enjoyed working with different cultures, populations, ages and groups of people and am blessed to grow in my experience under the covering of my home church to do this. I believe in the provision of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, the integrity and competence of the worker and the reconciliation to Jesus Christ.

 

The root of poverty is an issue of reconciliation. The rich and the poor are both broken. As the church, we desire to walk with people through full restoration to Christ. The result of spiritual restoration is reconciliation to our social systems and to our environments. The people who need this restoration are the vulnerable and the partners who advocate for them. Both parties are broken, and both need to be continually transformed by knowing God, loving generously, developing and becoming disciples, building family and partnering missionally.

 

Ben and I have been married for over ten years and have one son who joined our family here in the states after a grueling 4.5 international adoption journey. We are beyond grateful and humbled to be raising Ellis here in the states. We live in Roseville with our two dogs Moose and Lucy.

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 David Heitzler, Care & Compassion Manager

I grew up an only child in a loving Christian family near Placerville, California. My parents have owned a horse ranch my entire life, which ensured my thorough exposure to the concepts of labor, responsibility, and conservative talk radio. My parents also ensured my exposure to God and His church. We attended non-denominational churches every Sunday and I went to small Christian charter schools throughout elementary, middle, and high school (my graduating class weighed in at 5 students--woot woot). Needless to say, my upbringing was a little sheltered. 

Though I did not always consider my sheltered experiences to be ideal, I have come to appreciate them as a specific blessing. My parents' loving hearts and intentions provided a solid spiritual foundation that has helped me remain receptive to God’s desires in my life. I have always had a heart and compassion for people and through failure, redirection, and growth, God has lead me to serve Him in the field and ministry of counseling. I graduated with a degree in Psychology from William Jessup in 2011 and am slated to graduate from Western Seminary's MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) program in Summer 2016. 

In June, 2014 I was given the gift of my beautiful wife, Hannah (Milligan) Heitzler. Through a miracle deeper than I can understand she is the most joyful, humbling, challenging, and inspiring person I can imagine, all at the same time, and I thank God for her every day. 

I see myself as having been greatly and undeservedly blessed (spiritually, relationally, and financially) and want to honor God with everything He has given me. I am more than grateful to work at Bridgeway and look forward to doing my part in conveying God’s heart to everyone in our church and our community in the years to come. 

Heather Johnson, Missional Communities Director