Elijah Rising is a citywide movement in Houston driven forward by a committed staff and hundreds of passionate volunteers. There are many opportunities to get involved. Our core staff members are the only ones who represent Elijah Rising officially.

Cat French

Cat French is a modern-day abolitionist who is passionate about seeing the end of human trafficking in Houston and around the world.  She is a former sociology professor and researcher in the social sciences, with an extensive background in outreach and ministry to prostituted women and children.  She is the...

Micah Gamboa

Micah Gamboa is a modern-day abolitionist working to shift a hyper-sexualized culture.  She is passionate about prayer, and researching turn-of-the-century abolitionists in hopes to carry on their legacy.  She curated the Museum of Modern-Day Slavery, and is the Executive Director of Elijah Rising and Kendleton Farms.

Evie Swayne

Evie Swayne is a wife, mother of 3 beautiful girls, and is passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God established in the Earth. She moved to Houston in 2008 to be trained in a ministry called The Exchange which is integral in the discipleship of our staff and culture. She...

Sam Hernandez

Sam Hernandez is graduate of Houston Baptist University, and an advocate for the movement to end all forms sexual exploitation. She is passionate about seeing a generation freed from Porn Culture and Sex Addiction. Samantha has a background in Social Media Marketing and Mass Communications and she directs the Social...

Hayden Hernandez

Hayden Hernandez is a graduate of Houston Baptist University and has a heart to father the fatherless. He desires to see an entire generation of orphans shift and claim their inheritance of the kingdom of God. Hayden worked as an Accountant for a few years before deciding to make a leap of faith...

David Gamboa

David Gamboa is a graduate of the University of Houston where he studied English and Graphic Communications, and is currently  pursuing a MDiv at The Bible Seminary. David has served as a Student Pastor and Creative Director for the past eight years before joining Elijah Rising. David is passionate about...

Vanessa Forbes

Vanessa Forbes holds a B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College as well as an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Working in diverse environments, from children’s mental health to accounting in Oil and Gas, has given Vanessa strengths in organization and procedural management. The Lord’s passion in her heart...

Sarah Landsman

Sarah studied Economics and was a member of Elijah Rising’s very first intern class. She was a former staffer for the TX Legislature, and she is passionate about ending sex trafficking and exploitation in our state.

Board Members

Catherine French
Jennifer Hohman
Audrey Manito, Chairman Pro-Temp
Aaron Pichon
David & Liz Ramos
Kerry Stovall