Scott was part of iSSACHAR’s second class and is an alumnus of the apprenticeship program. He has 25 years of experience in urban and student ministry in cities including Minneapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Chicago, and New Orleans. Scott’s experience in New Orleans, including Hurricane Katrina, furthered his passions for developing young urban Christian leaders and engaging followers of Jesus in issues of race, poverty, and justice. Upon his return to Denver in 2008, he worked with Mile High Ministries to produce the Urban Entry video series and became re-engaged at iSSACHAR. In his role of program director since 2011, Scott lives his passion of developing urban Christian leaders who leverage their resources for God’s Kingdom. Scott holds degrees in Communications and Media from Bethel University and an M.A. from Denver Seminary. He lives in Denver with his wife, Melanie, and two daughters.
Sandy’s passion for developing and counseling young people spans two decades and five states. She has served as a social worker for underserved youth and court-ordered juvenile delinquents and their families, a school crisis counselor, a church youth leader, an intercultural competence trainer and a discipleship director. She worked alongside Scott Lundeen to create an urban leadership development program in New Orleans, and later accepted his invitation to join the iSSACHAR staff in 2012. Sandy enjoys helping people understand who they are at their core, in order to discover what God has for them in their story. She desires to equip apprentices who walk with confidence into their gifts of leadership to impact the world. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Trinity International University, a M.S.W. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University.
Paloma and Anthony Cotton
Between the two of them, Paloma and Anthony have 15 years of experience working with urban communities. As a couple they served as youth pastors at an urban church in the heart of Los Angeles, CA.
Anthony has danced professionally and performed numerous motivational speeches. He considers these talents as expressions of who God is, and uses them to bridge the gap between the secular and the sacred world. He has spoken and danced at various churches, schools, and non-profits.
Paloma is a black belt in Taekwondo and has taught martial arts and self defense to kids from underserved communities, and girls who were rescued from human sex trafficking. She has also mentored through numerous schools and organizations such as Heart and Hand Center, Save Our Youth, and The Good Seed.
Being that Paloma is an alumnus of Issachar, she knows first hand the transformation that happens when you are part of the Issachar community. They are passionate about helping apprentices discover how their dreams and passions align with the purpose God has for their lives.