About Respero

Committed to making safe, life-giving conversations available and accessible to everyone.

We give priority to working with pastors/leaders and to those seeking to heal from spiritual abuse.

Respero is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to making safe, life-giving conversations and peer counseling available and accessible to everyone at no cost.

We train and supervise people in our faith-based cognitive behavioral framework and connect them with people who desire help.

The name Respero is based on the Latin word “spero”, which means hope. We have been offering hope since 2010 through our counseling, training, and teaching.

Our services are available and accessible to everyone regardless of social, economic, or religious status.


Joe and his wife Kathy have been married for over four decades, and enjoy their adult children and grandchildren. After 28 years in California they moved to Portland, Oregon in 2021. Joe received his academic training at Capital University, Grace Theological Seminary, Santa Clara University, and Trinity Theological Seminary.

He is an avid reader, hiker, and sports fan, who hopes his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, don’t go another century before they win another World Series. It isn’t looking good, but hope lives on.