SWG 502 - JM Sandoval

Welcome to five key things about James Mathew "Matt" Sandoval!

Over the course of my life five experiences have greatly influenced who I am. They are:;xNLx;1. My Dad's high profile incident as a police officer and his subsequent PTSD like symptoms;xNLx;2. My Mother's long battle with manic depression;xNLx;3. My experience being called in (and then out) of church ministry which resulted in a terrific career in nonprofit management;xNLx;4. SB 1070 and my continued reading, learning, and reflecton on the origins of Christianity which combined to awaken my drive for social action on behalf of the oppressed and marginalized;xNLx;5. A recent experience of learning to mindfully process strong emotions, re-author my life, and commit, by my continued education, to facilitating and supporting social and emotional healing for others.

1975-02-17 02:59:39

My Birth!

I am the first born of two children to two second generation Arizonans of Mexican descent. My Dad was a police officer and my mom worked as a medical assistant. I was the first member of my family to graduate from college and attain a master's degree. The story starts here!

1984-06-12 00:00:00

Dad answers a call

My Dad answered a police call of a man with gun. He confronted the man, and when the man raised the gun toward him, my Dad shot and killed him. I was nine and the Erikson stage was industry v. inferiority.

1985-03-16 05:14:52

Where is Mom?

One day when I was in the fifth grade (age 10 stage industry v. inferiority), I came home from school to find my Dad very upset because my mother was not at home. When he tracked her down, she had been placed in the behavioral health unit of a local hospital after threatening to kill herself.

2001-09-04 00:00:00

The Call Out of Ministry

Most people who serve in religious ministry describe an experience of being called into their line of work. As a young adult between the ages of nineteen and twenty-five, I felt this calling and attended Bible College and then served as a pastor to youth. However, my church work was more toxic than I anticipated and I decided to become a teacher until I could figure out what I wanted to do next. My ages were 26 to 41 and the stage was intimacy v. isolation.

2010-03-01 00:00:00

A Collision of Consciousness

One time, at the state legislature, SB 1070 happened, and I realized people like me were the target of another group’s narrow definition of the American way of life. Meanwhile, even though I had left the church, seminary, and the ministry, I did not stop reading and challenging all my preconceived notions of religiosity, political power, and the meaning of liberation and freedom. Stage: intimacy v. isolation.

2017-02-08 00:00:00

The Way Out is the Way In

I left the Y because I wasn't progressing in my career anymore and wanted a new challenge. This change really upset my internal definition of who I was. Over several months, I struggled with anxiety and panic attacks - so I got help. This stage occurred from 41 to present and is in the stage of generativity v. stagnation.

SWG 502 - JM Sandoval

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