OUR STORY

It all began with a wall full of sticky notes, a trip around the world and one question. Could the church be the epicenter for bringing lasting transformation in impoverished communities in the developing world?

Like all great questions, this led to more questions and ones we didn’t have the answer to. So over 18 months, we asked American entrepreneurs and Kenyan development workers, Brazilian politicians and Ecuadorian Presidents, Australian executives and Chinese church planters, Thai fashion designers and Indonesian microfinanciers, South African educators and Filipino church leaders.

In the process of asking questions, we created a new model to address poverty in one of the most unequal societies in the world—South Africa. We see the South African experience as a prototype for urban communities across the developing world, as we expand throughout the rest of Africa and beyond.

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MEET OUR FOUNDERS

Meet Jedd and Janelle Schroy. They yearned for something more, something different, and from a stack of sticky notes and the words that gripped their hearts, Paradigm Shift was born.

By our mid 20’s, our passports were full. We had traveled to 30 countries and nearly every continent in the world. We had visited Russia right after Communism crumbled, spent time with Masai tribes in Kenya, lived with Gypsies in Ukraine, recovered from malaria in Ghana, visited lepers in Thailand, and traveled far into the Amazon rainforest.

With new friends around the world, we experienced hope and beauty, pain and poverty along the way. In our youthful idealism, we saw government as the mechanism for change. We studied political science, pursued careers in and out of Washington DC in development, education and finance. But we soon realized, government was always going to be limited and so we began yearning for something more, something different. That something would become Paradigm Shift.

We founded Paradigm Shift, armed with a stack of sticky notes as we wrote down words that gripped our hearts. Words like missions, entrepreneurship, poverty, injustice, discipleship, business and many others were posted all over our dining room.

Being energized by the explosive growth of followers of Jesus in the Global South, we saw the church in the developing world positioned like never before to offer hope in their communities. The tipping point of urbanization across the world was quickly approaching and our heart for the urban poor meant looking at both the opportunities and challenges stemming from dual economies in these global cities – the rich and the poor living side by side.

And in virtually every urban community in the developing world there is a church. Many of which are filled with an incredible depth of skilled professionals. But rarely are they given a platform to engage in ways that fundamentally address poverty in meaningful ways and in the process share their faith. What would it look like if the church had a model to do just that? And with that dream, Paradigm Shift began.

MEET OUR TEAM

Jedd Schroy

FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MEET JEDD

Janelle Schroy

FOUNDER/CHIEF STRATEGIST

MEET JANELLE

Lindelwe (Lee) Moyo

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

MEET LEE

Michelle Lenk

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

MEET MICHELLE

Samara Brandao

MOZAMBIQUE REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR

MEET SAMARA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jedd Medefind

BOARD CHAIR

MEET JEDD

Rachel Medefind

BOARD MEMBER

MEET RACHEL

Brett Furlong

BOARD MEMBER

MEET BRETT

Roy Johnston

BOARD MEMBER

MEET ROY

Mike Peterson

BOARD MEMBER

MEET MIKE

Jedd Schroy

BOARD MEMBER

MEET JEDD

PARTNERS

CHURCH PARTNERS

Our church partners offer the Paradigm Shift program in their local communities. The best way to make poverty history is to equip Africa’s largest distribution center—local churches. Each Paradigm Shift program location provides business training and biblical discipleship with an option to incorporate one-on-one mentoring and microloans.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Our strategic partners help further the mission of Paradigm Shift in a variety of ways. Whether it is through financial partnerships or grants, physical resources or advocating the work, our strategic partners see the value in empowering entrepreneurs and have joined Paradigm Shift in that journey.

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Where do your donations go?

Paradigm Shift works hard to ensure the donations received go to the field. 88% of all donations further Paradigm Shift’s work on the ground while 12% is used for administration and fundraising.

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