John and Jessa Crisp co-founded BridgeHope in 2017 to fight human trafficking locally, domestically, and internationally by collaborating resources for survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Their vision is to bring awareness to the realities of exploitation, combat vulnerability with technology, and facilitate an environment where survivors of exploitation can thrive.
A respected speaker, writer, and mentor, Jessa Dillow Crisp uses her childhood experience of severe abuse and trafficking to illustrate both the stark realities of sex trafficking, and the truth that healing transformation is possible. After her escape and recovery process, Jessa got her B.A. in Counseling and is presently working on her Master's as a step towards obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Jessa is the co-founder and Executive Director of BridgeHope and is part of the Rebecca Bender Initiative speaker's team. Some highlights of Jessa's speaking career include speaking atthe Colorado State Capitol, training the Department of Homeland Security, speaking at the National Character Leadership Symposium, and filming with Real Women Real Stories.
As a valued speaker and active local church minister, John Crisp teaches about the intricacies of transcending cultural and social barriers with the healing and redemptive message of Jesus. John obtained his B.A. in Pastoral Ministries and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Apologetics and Ethics at Denver Seminary as a step toward a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Having spent ten years in business management and startup companies, as the President and Co-founder of BridgeHope, John brings a unique perspective to the fight against human trafficking.
When Jessa and John are not working, they enjoy hiking Colorado's mountains together. Also Jessa finds delight in artistically expressing herself through photography, and is passionate about deeply connecting with people over freshly brewed coffee.