Jill Suzanne Shook has received a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Denver Seminary and a doctorate in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. She began STARS, Students and Tutors Achieving Real Success, a ministry of Lake Avenue Church, in Pasadena, California, bringing together hundreds of parishioners and at-risk neighborhood children. Jill coordinates area churches seeking ways to retain Pasadena’s racial and economic mix, and to house Pasadena’s 1,000 homeless and address urban violence. Jill’s broad experiences with pastors across all denominations and her work with small rural villages in Latin America give her a unique voice of hope in our country today. She also leads workshops at the annual Christian Community Development Conferences and many other venues.