Co-Founder and Development Director, Engedi Refuge
Aaron has been passionately working to bring awareness to the issues of sex trafficking in North America since 2007, and has dedicated his life to implementing effective solutions for people who have been abused by and trapped in the exploitative systems of the commercial sex industry. He regularly speaks to men’s groups, churches and schools about the dynamics and realities of modern prostitution and the complicity of men in the oppression and objectification of women through that system. He hopes to change the heart of our society to embrace compassionate care for the oppressed, and a new standard of justice to be upheld in our communities regarding the protection of vulnerable men, women and children.
Aaron has a vibrant faith in God and has been a follower of Jesus Christ since 1975. He met his wife, Lea, on the mission field in Israel in 1984. He and Lea have been married since 1985, and they raised their four children in Oklahoma where Aaron worked in the construction industry and served the local church as a lay leader for many years. He and Lea moved to the Northwest area of Washington State in 2011 and have since committed all their energies to serving the health, healing and safety of trafficking survivors. They opened Engedi Refuge in March of 2013 in Whatcom County, WA.
Aaron also enjoys outdoor activities like: snow skiing, kayaking and hiking. Northwest Washington is a wonderful location to enjoy nature, and to connect with great people over coffee. That's where you will find Aaron.