Jo Luehmann is a Colombian born and raised pastor who moved to the US to participate in an internship and then get her master's degree in ministry and theology at Point Loma Nazarene University. After 10 years working inside of churches, developing curriculum, and teaching classes on theology and doctrine, Jo quit her job and alongside her partner started a non-profit to help faith spaces consider and evaluate issues of equity and racial literacy. In the summer of 2020 alongside a group of victims and survivors of church abuse, Jo started @doBetterChurch an online space for victims of religious abuse dedicated to peer support and sharing tools for healing, as well as an initiative to invite churches to do better. In less than 6 months, the space grew to over 10,000 people with over a thousand different reports of abuse.
Jo is a public speaker and teaches about dismantling systems of oppression, the effects of trauma, restorative justice, and centering the needs of the marginalized to ensure their safety and well-being. Jo and her partner have 4 children, 2 of them are Elevate students and the other 2 will be soon.