Leadership

Staff

Dr. Alejandro Mandes

Founder and President

Alejandro is a native of south Texas. He has advanced degrees in Social Work from the University of Texas and Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has worked as a church planter, pastor, and bible school teacher. In addition to his role with Immigrant Hope, he serves as the Executive Director for All People Ministries for the Evangelical Free Church of America. Along with Immigrant Hope, Alex created the EFCAGATEWAY Theological Institute, which provides non-formal theological training for urban and low-income pastors, and Spanish Bootcamp, culturally-contextualized Spanish-language training for church planters. In 2016, he helped to convene the EFCA Refugee Crisis Task Force.
Outside the EFCA, Alex is the former Executive Director and current board member for The Immigration Alliance, a coalition of evangelical denominations and organizations mobilizing churches to provide low-cost immigration legal services. He is married to Julie, with whom he has had five daughters (in five years!), and is the proud abuelito of twelve grandchildren.

Benjamin Johnson

Director

Ben oversees the IPI training program, guides churches through the process of becoming recognized by the DOJ, and provides ongoing training and support to those churches. He is a DOJ partially accredited immigration counselor at Immigrant Hope – Bloomington, MN. Ben was part of the team that founded Immigrant Hope – Brooklyn, NY, providing family-based immigration legal services in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn from 2011 to 2013.
Ben also serves on the All People Team for the Evangelical Free Church of America. This team works to identify people groups that have been under-resourced or excluded from EFCA churches and ministries, then allocates resources, shares best practices, and advocates for structural changes to correct the under-representation. He lives in Crystal, MN with his wife, Sarah, and three sons.

Karla Hannant

Administrative Assistant

Karla manages Immigrant Hope administrative tasks and oversees communications and logistics for IMMIGRANT PATHWAY Institute and other Immigrant Hope events and projects. She also teaches citizenship classes and serves at a shelter for recently released immigration detainees in San Antonio, TX. Karla and her husband, Barry, are members of the EFCA All People staff. They previously served as missionaries in Mexico for 10 years with EFCA ReachGlobal, working with pastors and church planters and with a home for abused girls. They have also lived all around the U.S. and frequently travel to visit their two sons and five grandchildren.

Board of Directors

Dr. Alejandro Mandes (President)

Timothy Isaacson (Vice President)

Jay O. Turner (Treasurer)

Alejandra Harguth (Secretary)

Yende Anderson, Esq.

Marco A. Ramos, Esq.

Rev. Glen Scrieber

Margie Villalobos, Esq.