Vision & Values
Jacob's Well is a faith based non-profit located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. We seek mutually transformative friendship with those on the margins of society and equip others to do the same in their own context.
We are an ecumenical Christian community, that is, we come from many different denominations and churches. We share the basics of the Christian faith, as defined in the Apostles’ Creed, and we find unity around our commitment to Christ and to loving the marginalized people He loves. We strive to keep Christ at the centre of all we do. Our theological differences do not drive us apart, but challenge us to love each other in the midst of tension, and to be respectful, gracious and generous in conversation. We believe our common purpose as followers of Christ is to announce the good news (Gospel) of the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of justice and shalom, where nothing is missing or broken, where all things are reconciled and restored. We do this in word and action, longing and working for right relationships between God, ourselves, our fellow humans, and creation.
We welcome everyone to join us.
We pursue community, radical inclusion, and table fellowship.
We do life together.
We aim for interdependence, collaboration, and shared creativity.
We want every person to become whom they are created to be.
We practice rhythms of prayer, worship, visitation, celebration, and equipping.
We announce God's upside-down kingdom.
We seek restored, right relationships between each other, God, and the world.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. ”
Downtown Eastside (DTES)
The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, and is also very complicated. The neighbourhood is home to about 18,500 residents, many of whom face the difficult realities of poverty (poorest off-reserve postal code in North America), addiction (4700 injection drug users with high rates of HIV and Hepatitis C), mental illness (at least 1 in 5 residents diagnosed, many more undiagnosed), and inadequate housing (4000 underhoused in SRO buildings, at least 800 homeless). It is also a neighbourhood where all kinds of people feel welcome and included, no matter how they look, where they’ve been, or what they’re struggling with. The DTES is full of beautiful, creative, kind, hospitable, resilient people who bear the image of God. Jacob’s Well is located right in the heart of this neighbourhood. We like it here, and we think it’s where Jesus might hang out if He were in Vancouver today.
Interim Executive Director
Anne is Korean-French-Canadian from Montreal. She left her lovely city to travel in 2009 and has lived a nomadic life for the past decade. Most recently, she’s been serving in a small community in Skagit Valley, WA. Presently a student at Regent College, she is excited to serve in the DTES and bring to life all the abstract teachings she’s gaining in school.
Neisy Castillo, born and raised in Venezuela, moved to the States when she was 15 years old and has been a Soldier in The Salvation Army from then until now. She moved to the DTES when she married her husband Robbie, and has been involved in ministry down here for 7 years. She has two handsome sons, ages 4 and 2. She joined Jacob's Well in 2019 as the Administrative Assistant and hopes to continue her ministry in the DTES together with our team. In her free time, when she's not with her kids she works in her side business DecoEventos as a Party Planner, making cakes or party decorations — anything to do with a party.
outreach ministry worker
John (Jhon) Kim was born in the United States, raised in Los Angeles and moved to South Korea to teach English from 2008 to 2014. He got married in Korea and moved to Vancouver to pursue theological studies. He currently attends Regent College. Jhon has been involved with church ministry and leadership for the past 7 years. He joined Jacob's Well early in 2019 as an outreach ministry worker with a vision to bring hope to the hopeless. Jhon loves playing basketball, snowboarding, spending time with people, eating delicious food, hiking and playing darts. He looks forward to connecting more with the people involved at Jacob's Well.