Jess Echeverry is a women and family advocate, speaker, author and podcaster. She has survived parental divorce and alcoholism, as well as emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Her testimony includes dark times of physical and sexual violence, teenage pregnancy, years of homelessness, abortion, same sex attraction and two attempts at suicide. In 1997 she met the man she would eventually marry; this man would help her create an environment of authentic love that enabled her healing journey, her relationship with Jesus Christ and her eventual forgiveness and love for her attackers. She converted to Catholicism in 2008.
Her husband Charlie is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Together Deacon Charlie & Jess have 5 children: 2 teenage boys still at home, 2 young adults out in the world, 1 lovely soul in Heaven. Jess is the Founder and Executive Director of SOFESA, a 501c(3) non-profit ministry that has been accompanying Southern California homeless families since 1999. Deacon Charlie and Jess have also taped an episode of The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi which aired internationally in February 2021.
Jess has previously appeared on multiple episode's of EWTN's The Catholic View for Women and BEK TV's Ladies of Another View; radio interviews with Spirit Radio, Guadalupe Radio, Son Rise Morning Show and Incorrupto Radio. You can hear a portion of her testimony on Relevant Radio a few times a week in between programming. She has had the opportunity to share her testimony in various events throughout the country including the walk for life in Los Angeles, OneLifeLA twice, and is the inaugural recipient of the OneLifeLA Service award (2020). She has been featured in podcasts including Catholic Answers, Mamas in Spirit, Homeschooling Saints, Vida Initiative and Living the CALL. She has also participated in the After the Abortion Photography Series by Angela Forker.
Inspired by the good things God has wrought in her life, she has published her first book, Dazzled: Finding the Key to Perfect Forgiveness, detailing her life experiences in a way that lifts up and enlightens others who are searching for ways to heal. Jess and Deacon Charlie are launching Dazzled: The Retreat; a weekend healing retreat across the USA in 2023. Jess is a strong and effective speaker who has been able to, with the help of God's grace, turn those past experiences, and all the healing that she has received along the way, into real, loving help for others.
"In my deepest wound I saw Your glory, and it dazzled me."