Seven years overseas convinced founders, Jonathan and Rebecca Hallsted, of the power of healthcare ministry to carry the Gospel to closed nations, closed cultures, and closed hearts. Meeting medical needs in the spirit and name of Christ builds bridges for true Gospel impact, and transformation of people and communities. It’s what we are instructed to do. “Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘the kingdom of God has come near to you.’” Luke 10:9
So, together with a few friends and some pocket change, they launched Healthbridge Global in 2012. Our model is to partner with local leaders to bring lasting medical impact, while allowing the Gospel and the hope of Christ to shape and flow through everything we do. We believe that nothing less than strategic, thoughtful, compassionate, and sustainable approaches should be employed. In this way we honor our Creator as we care for His creation in the form of other human beings. Our name communicates it well; we use healthcare to build bridges for the gospel to hearts around the globe.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Read Jon's Bio
I was born and raised in California, and have spent most of my life there, with the exception of 6 years in Eastern Europe. I’ve had the privilege to serve on four separate non-profit boards, and I have a passion for combining practical issues with spiritual issues. That’s not to say that spiritual issues aren’t practical, because they are; that’s the whole point. During my experience in non-profit work overseas, the concept of local financial sustainability resonated with me deeply, and it's something I'm passionate about in all our work. My free time is usually spent with family. I also enjoy a good book, a good cup of coffee, and pretending that I can play the guitar well. I love traveling to new places and trying new foods. I would like to have more time to play tennis and surf, and living a little closer to the ocean wouldn’t be a bad thing either. I’m supported in all that I do by my gracious wife Rebecca, and 4 of the best looking kids on the planet.
Read Eric's Bio
Born and raised in Southern California , I now live in Olympia, WA with my beautiful wife and 4 amazing daughters. Our family has been involved with Healthbridge Global since the inception as board members. I enjoyed 13+ years at PepsiCo in various sales, operations and marketing roles, and currently run my own marketing agency, Tilladelse. While I enjoy my profession, my real passions have always been with my family and gospel centered activities. In the last twenty years God has allowed us to be involved internationally in various ways; support of several individual missionaries, mission based philanthropic organizations, as well as visits to Mexico, Romania, and Cambodia. As I look forward to the future, my hope/desire is that God will continue to open doors where Healthbridge Global can make a difference.
Read Kimberly's Bio
I am an RN at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and have worked in labor and delivery for the past nine years. I thoroughly enjoy supporting laboring women in this exciting and sometimes scary event of welcoming a new baby into their family. In addition to being an RN, I am a limited obstetrical sonographer. I have been able to use my skills at Care Net Pregnancy and Family Services. My time there has offered me many opportunities to meet the physical and spiritual needs of women and families in times of crisis. I've also served internationally in Mexico, Panama, Togo, Botswana and Bangladesh, providing me an opportunity to see how medicine is practiced around the world. In my free time, I enjoy running, skiing, hiking, and drinking chai with friends. I am the wife of a wonderful man, Josh and mother of two, and we’re currently living in Seattle, WA.
Read Jason's Bio
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska I spent my time playing soccer, fishing, cross country skiing, camping and working summers above the Arctic Circle. I knew from the time I was a freshman in high school that I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. After graduating high school, the next seven years were dedicated to just that. After graduating and meeting my amazing wife, Erin, who is also a physical therapist from Alaska... go figure... we moved from Oregon to Washington to work for a Catholic non-profit hospital system. It was this first career position that made me appreciate how Christ-centered healthcare can truly change a life. I also found how being a provider who has compassion and empathy for his patients can produce truly great results and change lives forever. With two young children, Erin and I have been dedicated to raising them to care for their world (local and global) with our family mission of "Leave the World a Better Place". Being a part of Healthbridge Global does that with unabashed attention. I am pleased to give and serve on this amazing board that I have no doubt will reach its goals and change the world.
Read Greg's Bio
My wife, Kristin, and I reside in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California where we split our time between our family farm, a demanding career, our four kids, and serving God in a variety of ways, including in our local church. I've been working for Microsoft off and on for nearly 22 years. My current role is that of a Global Sr. Director. My career has included periodic breaks from Microsoft to help launch start-ups and spend time serving overseas. Our family has spent two very meaningful seasons abroad, starting with a number of years in France working for Microsoft, followed by 4 years in Rwanda where we were blessed to be a part of a team that launched successful missional business enterprises. We have a passion for the Gospel and for cross-cultural impact, and strive to make that evident in the way we spend our time and use our gifts.
Read Donna's Bio
From the time I was about 7 years old, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. Around that same time, I came to faith through vacation Bible school and wanted to use my desire to care for others, paired with my faith, to make an impact on a lost world. It’s been an amazing journey,, alongside my husband and our 3 kids, we served in South Asia for 20 years, where my little girl dream became a reality. We currently reside in Brentwood, Tennessee, where my husband, Brett, serves as the Minister of Missions at Brentwood Baptist Church. I continue to work part-time as an RN, travel with my husband and love on our 3 grandsons! We enjoy hiking, kayaking and playing games.
We're not Heroes, we simply want dignity and healthcare, and to see people transformed by the power of the Gospel. Our desire is that people receive the care they need, and in the process discover their value before God.
We come alongside people of vision who are already working and leading as catalysts of change for their own local communities. We support local people meeting local needs with local resources.
We are not institutional in style or approach, but rather we build long-term trust and relationships with like-minded local leaders in the areas we serve with medical missions.
We partner with organizations who either already are, or who have clear plans to be self-supportive in the on-going work they do. This leads to long-term impact.
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We partner with projects and organizations in developing nations, led by local leaders, that are addressing local concerns with local needs and resources. Our goal is to help them build capacity and take significant steps forward in their call to meet healthcare and gospel needs. For a more detailed version of these guidelines please feel free to contact us directly.