Tearfund USA is the newest addition to the Tearfund family.
Ultimately, the communities we partner with are the heroes in our work. We join with them when we respond to emergencies, when we unlock capacity for development, and when we advocate for fair and just policies.
We respond holistically to the challenge of extreme poverty with an unwavering commitment to strengthen the local church.
Sonia Patterson, has announced her resignation as President and Chief Executive of Tearfund USA. She says, “I’m excited for a new chapter, and I will remain forever grateful for the opportunity to start up and lead Tearfund USA. I trust the Lord will open new doors for Tearfund USA to inspire US churches, foundations, and individuals to address poverty and injustice globally." The Board is very grateful for her success at establishing Tearfund USA, and wishes her the best in the next season. Tearfund USA has appointed Jason Fileta as interim President/CEO.
Before joining Tearfund USA Jason served as the Executive Director of Micah Challenge USA, a church-based movement committed to ending extreme poverty through advocacy, prayer, and living justly. Jason edited and contributed to a book titled "Live Justly" that has been used by thousands of churches all over the world to ignite practical prophetic action for justice.
Dr. Rusty Pritchard is a resource economist who has worked at the interface between international economic development and global environmental sustainability for nearly 30 years. A former college professor, he helped create Emory University’s Department of Environmental Studies before moving to the nonprofit sector.
Sadara's interest in international development began after a trip to Rwanda for a human rights delegation. With a BA from Coastal Carolina University and an MA from Concordia University Irvine, most of her research and professional work has taken place on the African continent with JAM (based in South Africa) and the United Way Ghana.
Amanda joins Tearfund USA after spending two and a half years working for Tearfund in the UK, where she previously lived with her family. She is a writer and experienced content manager.
Daniel began his a career as a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Morocco. Prior to joining Tearfund USA, Daniel served over twenty years managing operations with the American National Red Cross. He also worked with both the World Vision and Global Ties U.S. service networks.
Chelsie is an international development professional with over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of church, academia, and community development. In addition, she brings her gifts in networking, strategic planning, and affinity for CRM tools to Tearfund USA.
Jean has 15 plus years of accounting and administrative experience for small non-profit and for-profit businesses in the service and sales industry, responsible for all accounting and human resource duties. Jean has dedicated much of her work to international ministries who serve global communities and finds much joy in what she does.
Clive has served as the Chair of Tearfund in the UK for the past ten years. He is the President of Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives and a Director of Emissions Reduction Alberta. Clive retired from Royal Dutch Shell in 2007 after a career of 38 years. Clive has been Chairman of the Garden Tomb Association in Jerusalem, Chairman of Shell’s Pension Funds in the UK, and Chairman of Logen, a Canadian bio-tech corporation that is leading the development of cellulosic ethanol.
Better known by his stage name Sho Baraka, is an American Christian hip- hop artist and writer. While in college, through the lives of some solid Christians on campus, the Lord rescued him and redeemed his heart. Sho's message changed from promoting himself and Hip Hop to promoting Christ, and now he wants the world to see the Lord at work in him.
Laura is Director and John Stott Endowed Chair of, Human Needs and Global Resources, and; Professor of Environmental Studies; Wheaton College, IL. She accompanies learners from all academic disciplines who are committed to taking the lead from local integral mission practitioners in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe/Middle East. Laura has a Masters in International Agriculture & Rural Dev. (Cornell) and a Ph.D. in Forestry & Environmental Studies (Yale).
Jeff is a leader at Life.Church, with responsibilities for team and program leadership spanning Life.Church locations in eight states and oversight to 80+ local and global partnerships. Jeff has a MA in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, serves on the board of directors at The Chalmers Center for Economic Development, and is an instructor for Development Associates International MAOL program.