Break Bread Staff


Jen Engquist - Break Bread Program Director

Jen Engquist - Break Bread Program Director

Jen Engquist - Executive Director

Jen Engquist joins the Break Bread team after serving in Cambodia as Country Program Coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Young Adults in Global Mission program.  Prior to her time in Cambodia, she served as the Community Center and Member Relations Director for Churches United for the Homeless, a shelter in Moorhead, MN.  In 2016, she graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, with her Master's in Public Administration.

Jen is from rural North Dakota, loves listening to stories, and is passionate about social justice and equity work that focuses on reducing the incidence and impact of poverty.  She is thrilled to be a part of Break Bread and the Littleton community.


Joe Ruder - Break Bread Chef

Joe Ruder - Break Bread Chef

Joe Ruder - Chef

Joe grew up in Aurora, and graduated from Regis High School, the University of Colorado, and ultimately the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. Joe comes to us with a great breadth of experience including over 8 years of nourishing his Littleton neighbors as a chef at The Rav House (a local Italian restaurant). He has spent time in teaching others how to cook for a nutritional diet, and he has even written a few recipe books.

Just as importantly, he cares about doing work that serves others. Joe believes that coming together around a table is often the first step in building a relationship. Joe is enjoying helping Break Bread to thrive in many ways.