Gary VanderPol is assistant professor and director of the Justice and Mission program at Denver Seminary. He has taught in a Costa Rican seminary, pastored in Boston, served as an urban minister in Oakland and taught 8th graders in Los Angeles. His dissertation at Boston University analyzed the growth of evangelical relief, development and justice work among the poor over the last sixty years. Groups using his and Mako Nagasawa’s Lazarus at the Gate curriculum have given more than a quarter of a million dollars to fight global poverty. He first learned about living simply from his mother, who would never buy name-brand cereal for the family. Now he eats kale but craves Captain Crunch. Gary and his wife Jodi have two kids–Isaiah (9) and Camila (7).