Jimmy Spencer Jr is the founder of Love Without Agenda. Working in neighborhoods around the world has made one thing very clear—people are our planets most valuable resource. He's lent his voice for causes, projects, and campaigns that promote equality, inclusion, and diversity on stages, in the media, and in corporate boardrooms across the globe. He serves as the US Campaigns Coordinator for STOP THE TRAFFIK, and as Chief US Advocate for the United Nations GIFT Box Program.
He calls the beautiful city of Chicago home, where he lives on the near Northside in the neighborhood of Lincoln Park. At heart, he is still a small-town, blue collared, Akron, Ohio boy.
LISA O'BRIEN / ETHOS & COMMUNITY
MICHAEL KIMPAN / ADVOCACY & STRATEGY
Michael Kimpan most recently served as the Executive Director of The Marin Foundation - a non-profit organization dedicated to building bridges between the broader LGBTQ community and social, political and religious conservatives. This summer, he has taken his experiences and education into partnerships with Love Without Agenda, Convergence and others seeking a just and generous expression of society.
Michael regularly travels across the country speaking and consulting with higher education institutions, NGOs, churches, and LGBTQ advocacy organizations.
TIM MARSHALL / DEVELOPMENT & DONOR RELATIONSHIPS
Tim Marshall comes to Chicago and Love Without Agenda from Nashville, TN, where for over 26 years he enjoyed a successful career in the Christian music industry – most recently as Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Sales for Word Entertainment, a division of Warner Music Group.
As Lead Development Officer, Tim oversees the fundraising and donor development of Love Without Agenda.
BRAD SIEFERT / LEAD DESIGNER: MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS
JACOB WENTZEL / DEVELOPMENT WRITING & FORMATION
My name Jacob Wentzel and I am a 25-year old native of the Chicago area who now resides in Bucktown. Since graduating from Loyola University Chicago with bachelor’s degrees in English and French literature in 2012, I have been working at an office job, acquiring a masters of liberal arts at the University of Chicago, and pulsing, patiently, to become part of something significant, here and now, for the welfare of humanity.
At the core of our initiative is the message of unconditional inclusion and equality within the human experience, which has also become the core belief of my personal philosophy. From the start, I was raised to get along with all types of people, and was even particularly attracted to the misfits who were excluded by the mainstream. Then, about 12 years ago, when Spencer became my youth pastor, I found out what happens when the message of inclusion is applied to the place from which is should most radiate, but which more often practices exclusion: the Christian Church. As Spencer took his message of inclusion beyond the Church and as his initiative evolved over the years, I did whatever I could to help, including editing articles and essays in exchange for chorizo burritos. Meanwhile, I also ingested the message of inclusion through my pursuit of the liberal arts, which taught me the beauty and truth of a polyphonic community in which no voice is excluded or even hushed. As one who is constantly reflecting upon my immediate community and looking to solve its problems, I am eager to combat the evil of exclusion and to give a voice to all walks of life.