David came to work with Faith Ministry as Associate Director in 2003 and became Executive Director in 2008. While the office in McAllen is his home base, David is often traveling to Reynosa and Miguel Alemán to oversee the activities of the ministry. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, David lives in Texas with his wife Nancy and two boys.
DEANTIN O. GUERRA, JR.
Deantin founded Faith Ministry in 1994 and was Executive Director until 2008. On October 25, 2018, Deantin was called home to the Lord. Up until his passing, he remained passionately involved in the ministry, visiting Reynosa when his health allowed and checking in regularly with the staff. He lived in Brownsville with his wife Lidia, their dog Lucky and their cat Mr. Do; they were active members of their church, Central Christian Church, where Deantin sang in the choir and served as an elder. Deantin left behind an incredible legacy, an example of how to love and serve others well, in His name and for His glory.
Communications & Community Coordinator
Colleen started working for Faith Ministry in early 2015, though she spent summers in college interning in Miguel Alemán and Reynosa. She is a Tar Heel who is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, but moved down to the border from New York City. She splits time between McAllen and Reynosa, working in the office some days and on the job site others.
Sandra began working for Faith Ministry in the McAllen office as a part-time employee in February 2019 and will be joining our full-time staff in October. She is excellent at what she does and makes everything run smoothly for the administration of the ministry on the U.S. side of the border.
President, Board of Directors
Tom, who lives in Indianapolis, IN, has been actively involved in Faith Ministry since its beginning in 1994. He served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2012 and in 2017; he was elected president by his fellow Board members at the end of 2017.
GUSTAVO OMAR SALDAÑA HERNANDEZ
Office Manager, Reynosa
Omar has been with Faith Ministry since 2008 and coordinates all construction activities and office logistics in Reynosa. He is from Monterrey, Mexico, and he is passionate about his soccer team and is a huge TV and movie buff.
CARLOS ALEJANDRO PONCE
Pastor, Reynosa & Naranjito
Carlos started with us as a missionary in July 2015. He graduated from Berea Bible Institute in Monterrey, Mexico and is leading church activities in both Reynosa and Naranjito. In addition to pastoring the two churches, he works with the children in our nutrition program and the patients at the clinic, as well as our construction volunteers.
ANGEL MARTINEZ GUILLEN
Construction Supervisor, Reynosa
Angel has been part of the Faith Ministry family since 2006. He is our construction supervisor, but in addition to overseeing those activities, he is also a tremendous help around the complex and works as a night guard when mission work groups are on site.
JOSE GUADALUPE GARCIA POSADAS
Construction Foreman, Reynosa
Lupe has been working with Faith Ministry since 2002. As one of our construction foremen, he supervises activities on the job site. Lupe is a jokester who is giving volunteers and mission work groups alike a good laugh.
Construction Foreman, Reynosa
Julio, commonly known as “Chuky,” became one of our construction foremen after graduating from our foreman apprenticeship program in May 2017. Chuky began working with us after the ministry built his house about 15 years ago, and he is known and loved by many mission work groups. He enjoys joking around, so chances are, if you’ve been to Reynosa, you’ve been teased by Chuky!
DR. ARTURO JOAQUIN RODRIGUEZ HERRERA
Dr. Joaquin has been on staff with us since 2000, working at the medical clinic where he sees an average of 35 patients a day.
BEATRIZ CARILLO DE LEÓN
Nurse Betty has been with Faith Ministry since the beginning in 1994, along with Deantin and Ezequiel. She manages the activities of our medical clinic, where she is also a nurse. She oversees the children’s nutrition program, as well as the infant nursing program and special activities at the clinic. She has been such an instrumental part of Faith Ministry that the clinic is named in our honor.
YADIRA CRUZ MARTINEZ
Yadira began working for Faith Ministry in 1998 when she was only a teenager! She has many duties in the Reynosa office, including communicating with students in our scholarship program and helping Omar interview prospective families for houses.
ERIKA CORTES MORA
Office Assistant, Reynosa
Erika was originally in our scholarship program through her high school graduation. She joined our office staff in 2018, assisting Yadira and Omar with administrative and secretarial activities.
ADOLFO VITE LORENZO
Support Staff, Reynosa
Adolfo joined our staff in summer 2019 to support our administrative staff in Reynosa. He helps Omar with errands and office tasks and assists the other staff wherever needed.
MARISELA CRUZ VAZQUEZ
Marisela started working with Faith Ministry in 2000. She is our primary chef on staff and cooks not only for mission work groups and volunteers, but also for the children in our feeding program every morning at the clinic. If you’ve eaten a meal cooked by Marisela, you know how talented she is!
DORA ALICIA BOCANEGRA
Dora has been on staff with Faith Ministry since 2007, spending many years as a construction forewomen, mixing cement and laying block on the job site. These days, she takes care of our complex and church facility and helps Maricela with cooking for the volunteers and mission work groups.
Sewing Instructor/Cook, Reynosa
Oralia works at our clinic, teaching sewing classes to women in the community three times a week and cooking breakfast for the kids in the children’s nutrition program every morning. She began working with us after a mission work group built her house in 2011.
ANA MARIA GARCIA SANTIAGO
Clinic Caretaker, Reynosa
Ana started as a volunteer, working for her house in 2017, and she now works at the clinic, cleaning and assisting in the nutrition program.
CIRO SANCHEZ GARCÍA
Clinic Security, Reynosa
Ciro started on our staff in summer 2019 as our clinic security staff. He is responsible for the security, as well as patient intake, of the medical clinic in Reynosa.
ISMAEL PONCE REYES
Construction Support, Reynosa
Ismael started as a construction volunteer in 2015, when he worked for his family’s house. He has worked with us off and on since then in the construction area and joined our staff in 2018 to work in the clinic as security and to help with patient intake. He is now back in the construction area of the ministry, supporting staff on the job site, helping with mission work groups, and serving as complex and clinic security when needed.
Construction Volunteer, Reynosa
Alberto is one of our permanent volunteers who has been around for years, working daily on the job site with our staff and family volunteers. He occasionally says his name is Gilberto, but he is more commonly known as Don Beto. He’s another jokester and enjoys working with the mission work groups.
Garden Caretaker, Reynosa
José works in many different areas of the ministry, mainly taking care of our garden in Naranjito and guarding the area at night. He also works on the job site for various construction activities.
Isai was a missionary student at the Berea Bible Institute in Monterrey who worked with us during the 2016-2017 school year, coming up to Reynosa every weekend to assist in church activities. He joined our staff in 2018 to help Pastor Carlos with activities at the Reynosa and Naranjito churches.
MIGUEL ALEMÁN STAFF
Pastor, Miguel Alemán
Benito has been the pastor of our church in Miguel Alemán since 2010, though he was a volunteer for several years before that. He leads our Sunday and weekday services, in addition to leading a mission to an area of the town called Guardados de Arriba.
LUZ MARES MUÑOZ
Construction Supervisor, Miguel Alemán
Luz began working with Faith Ministry in 1999 and is one of our foreman in Miguel Alemán, where he supervises all construction activities.
Construction Foreman, Miguel Alemán
Benny has been one of our construction foremen in Miguel Alemán since 2005.
AGUEDA LOPEZ CASTAÑEDA
Secretary, Miguel Alemán
Agueda started working with us in 2007 and organizes many of our activities in Miguel Alemán, including the children’s nutrition program.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors is made up of twelve members from across the U.S. who are dedicated to guiding and leading the ministry and its staff. They conduct monthly conference calls and meet twice a year in person in McAllen, Reynosa and Miguel Alemán.
Tom Booher, President
Rick Casey, Vice President
Craig Deats, Secretary
Tom Steinmetz, Treasurer