JP Ideker grew up in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Jesuit College Preparatory School, he studied Health Management and Spanish at Saint Louis University where he joined the Micah Program, a service-learning community based organization centered on faith and social justice. At SLU, Mr. Ideker tutored and mentored students in St. Louis Public Schools for four years, worked in the Office of Admission as a Student Ambassador, led a Spiritual Life Community and started an organization that worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Before accepting a position with Cristo Rey Dallas, Mr. Ideker spent a year of service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in a migrant farming community in Odell, Oregon. He joined JVC Northwest because he felt called to learn how to better live out the values of community, spirituality, simple living and social/ecological justice.
Through JVC Northwest, Mr. Ideker worked with Oregon State University’s Extension Service to develop and facilitate the Juntos program, a series of workshops and high school clubs for Spanish-speaking families centered on higher education and making academic success a family goal.
Mr. Ideker is excited to combine his experiences in higher education, diverse communities and spiritual practice to join Cristo Rey Dallas students and families on their faith journeys. He loves hearing and writing stories, Latin American food and has traveled to Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala and Europe. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, coaching volleyball and trying new foods.