Jer has been working in the field of peacemaking and conflict transformation since 2005 when he acted as the liaison between an international NGO, the faith community, the Pakistani military, and the United Nations in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in Northern Pakistan.
Informed by that unique multi-cultural experience, his career as a church planter and Lead Pastor in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his engagement within national and international conflicts, he co-founded The Global Immersion Project in an effort to form men and women into Everyday Peacemakers who are equipped and mobilized to enter conflict to heal rather than to win. He specializes in creating dynamic, collaborative spaces of integrative learning that move people beyond theory and into practice.
Jer completed his undergrad work at The University of Northwestern-St. Paul and his M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary where he focused his studies on innovative leadership in peace and reconciliation and was the recipient of the prestigious David Allen Hubbard Award. He currently resides with his family in Bend, OR where, in addition to his role with TGIP, he teaches theology, justice, and innovative leadership at Kilns College, serves on Bend’s Justice Commission, and writes at jerswigart.com.