For more than two decades, Alex and Shunna Jones-Moreno, Reach Up Reach Out’s Founders, have endeavored to love God and people. This dynamic couple has worked in full-time ministry and done extensive missions work around the globe. Alex and Shunna are ordained ministers, trained in the Grief Recovery Method' and have a heart to see people encounter Jesus and live a life of service.
In addition to his passion to serve the poor, Alex, our organization’s Co-Founder and President, is also gifted in the area of Pastoral Care, having counseled hundreds of people throughout his time in full-time ministry. Alex is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a Masters in Social Work.
When she isn't overseeing the day-to-day operations of Reach Up Reach Out, Shunna serves as a worship leader and church consultant, ushering people into the presence of God. She believes that it’s in His presence that freedom and revelation take place. Shunna graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. Shunna and Alex have been married for 23 years and use their powerful story to help other couples in need.
The Jones-Morenos recognize the needs in our world can be overwhelming, but if we are willing to engage with the need, it can also be life changing. In 2014, Alex, Shunna and their daughter, Layla, moved to Uganda for 7 months while going through the adoption process for their son Caleb. After living abroad, it wasn’t enough to merely see the enormous need at the orphanage where Caleb lived. They wanted to be part of the solution in meeting the needs of the 500 other orphans. And so the dream to launch Reach Up Reach Out officially began…
This family wholeheartedly has a mandate to share the gospel of Jesus throughout the world and to bring justice, hope, dignity and care to orphans, widows and vulnerable people. Reach Up Reach Out is committed to bringing both spiritual and physical assistance to those in need- one person and community at a time.