OUR TEAM

DAVID RODRIGUEZ

Executive Director

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 son Alan. In his free time, David can often be found manning the grill at his house, especially when his oldest son Luis is home from college or a mission work group is in town.

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COLLEEN HERNANDEZ

Associate Director

Colleen first volunteered in Mexico with Faith Ministry at the age of 16 and was a summer intern during college. She started working for Faith Ministry in 2015 as the Communications & Community Coordinator and became Associate Director in 2022. She is based in the McAllen office, but spends a lot of her time in Reynosa and Miguel Alemán supervising activities and mission work groups. She is originally from North Carolina, but now lives in Texas, and will soon be joined by her husband and two stepdaughters.

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SANDRA RAMOS

Office Manager

Sandra began working for Faith Ministry in the McAllen office as a part-time employee in February 2019 and joined our full-time staff in October of the same year. 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.

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REYNOSA STAFF

GUSTAVO OMAR SALDAÑA HERNANDEZ

Administrator, 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.

YADIRA CRUZ MARTINEZ

Assistant Administrator, Reynosa

Yadira began working for Faith Ministry in 1998 when she was only a teenager! She has many duties in the Reynosa office, including managing our staff and communicating with families that benefit from the ministry through housing, scholarships, and more.

ADOLFO VITE LORENZO

Logistics Support Staff, Reynosa

Adolfo joined our staff in summer 2019 to support our administrative staff in Reynosa. He transitioned in February 2020 to begin assisting the logistics staff with overseeing mission work groups, translating, and coordinating on-site activities for groups.

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.

ISMAEL PONCE REYES

Construction Foreman, 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, working as one of our foremen.

JULIO GONZALEZ

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!

JOSÉ GARCÍA GUILLÉN

Construction/Support Staff, Reynosa

José joined our staff in February 2020 to assist the office in Reynosa with various errands and activities. He also assists the construction staff with projects.

ALFONSO ROJO RAMIREZ

Construction Support/Maintenance, Reynosa

Alfonso, who goes by his nickname “Poncho,” began working for us in 2022 as a support staff in the construction and maintenance areas of the ministry. We built his family a home in 2011 and reconnected with the family in 2021 when we built them an addition, and that is when Poncho began his trial period as a ministry employee.

BRAYAN ZUÑIGA MIRELES

Construction Support Staff, Reynosa

Brayan began working for the ministry as a volunteer for his family’s house in 2017. He completed the ministry’s apprenticeship program in 2019, and he joined our staff officially in the construction area in 2022. He assists with house building and other projects and works alongside U.S. groups when they come to volunteer with us.

JOSÉ HERNANDEZ

Garden Caretaker / Construction Support Staff, 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.

MARTHA ESQUIVEL CASILLAS

Kitchen / Construction Support Staff, Reynosa

Martha is a support staff for the construction area, as well as the kitchen. She has previously worked as a volunteer for the ministry for her house, as well as for other community members’ houses, and she joined the staff officially in 2022.

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.

MARISELA CRUZ VAZQUEZ

Cook/Caretaker, Reynosa

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!

LUCIA CASTRO DOMINGUEZ

Caretaker/Cook, Reynosa

Lucia began working with us originally as a volunteer in 2021, working toward her house, and joined our staff in 2022. She is in charge of cleaning and upkeep of the main complex and assists Marisela in the kitchen.

JULIANA DOMINGUEZ CRUZ

Nurse, Reynosa

Juliana grew up in Faith Ministry’s scholarship program and graduated from nursing school in 2019. She worked in a hospital in Reynosa for about a year before starting as the nurse at Faith Ministry’s medical clinic in 2020. She assists the doctor with patient consultations, manages the infant formula program, and oversees the children’s nutrition program.

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.

SERGIO RAMIREZ RODRIGUEZ

Maintenance/Support Staff, Reynosa

Sergio has been involved with Faith Ministry as a church member in Naranjito for almost five years and joined our staff at the beginning of 2022. He is responsible for running ministry errands, such as food shopping, staying on top of the maintenance of our facilities, and supporting in ministry activities such as our grocery package program.

ALBERTO ZARATE

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.

MIGUEL ALEMÁN STAFF

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.

BENITO CHAVEZ

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.

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.

NATHAN ARLEDGE

President, Board of Directors

Nathan lives in Charlotte, NC, and is currently the Pastor of Missions and Community Engagement at Myers Park United Methodist Church. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2016 and was elected president by his fellow Board members at the end of 2020. Nathan spends a lot of time partnering with nonprofit organizations in his hometown and around the world who work to bridge the gap between what is and what should be in an effort to encourage others to #livedifferently.

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DR. RICK CASEY

Vice President, Board of Directors

Rick is a physician in Mandeville, Louisiana, and he first became involved with Faith Ministry in 2007 through his home church of New Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Board from 2010 to 2015, rejoined in 2017, and was elected vice president in 2018. In addition to his skills in medicine and his passion for Faith Ministry, Rick also loves travel and photography.

DAVE STOLTZFUS

Secretary, Board of Directors

Dave is retired and living in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where he used to work in management consulting and owned his own music school. He has been involved with Faith Ministry since 2012 through his home church Covenant Presbyterian Church and joined the Board of Directors in 2019. Dave was instrumental in starting Faith Ministry’s children’s music program and is passionate about teaching music to children, youth, and adults.

KATHY STARKEY

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Kathy rejoined the Board in 2021 but has served previous terms as a member, treasurer, and president, and her involvement in and love for Faith Ministry dates back to its earliest days in 1994. She now leads teams to Mexico with her church The Church at Perry Creek in Raleigh, NC. Before retiring, Kathy worked in accounting, so it makes perfect sense that she blesses the ministry with her skills as our treasurer!

TOM BOOHER

Tom is a business owner in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has been involved with Faith Ministry since its beginnings in 1994. He has 11 years of experience on the Faith Ministry Board, most recently serving as president from 2018 to 2020. He has a huge heart for the ministry and the families in Mexico, and he is possibly best known these days for his role as Santa Claus every December!

ANNE CARTER

Anne, who works as a part-time pharmacist, has been coming to Mexico with Faith Ministry since around 2009 with her home church First United Methodist Church in Athens, Alabama. She has served on the Board since 2017 and has years of experience volunteering in her local community. She is passionate about exploring the outdoors, traveling, and being with her grandchildren.

KEN MACDONALD

Ken is a publisher of a weekly newspaper in Raeford, North Carolina, and has been involved with Faith Ministry since 2003. He has eight years of experience serving on the Board, including two years as president, in addition to his experience on other boards and community organizations. He has a wide variety of passions, ranging from guitar and piano to stained glass and kayaking, and he loves working with the youth at his church.

BRUCE DRUETZLER

Bruce is a retired sales director in Gainesville, Virginia, and has been coming to Mexico with Faith Ministry since around 2004. He has previously served six years on the ministry’s Board and rejoined in 2021. He attends Manassas Presbyterian Church and likes to go sailing and help others fix things in his spare time.

DAVID BASS

David is a retired technical writer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been involved with Faith Ministry since 2012 through his home church North Raleigh United Methodist Church. He joined the ministry’s Board in 2021 and is passionate about Faith Ministry and the work we do. He also loves photography, history, and traveling, especially when it involves mission work.

LEANNE STIPP

LeAnne is retired from her job in training design and delivery consultancy in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been coming to work in Mexico with Faith Ministry since 2010 with her home church Covenant Presbyterian Church. She joined the Faith Ministry Board in 2021. She is skilled in communication and is passionate about relationships with others and equality for all, and in her spare time, she enjoys being a brand new grandmother!

DR. DAVID BAKER

David joined the Board in 2022, but he has been involved with Faith Ministry since 2003 when he came on his first mission trip with the youth from Myers Park United Methodist Church, and he spent summers in college as an intern with the ministry in Reynosa. He is now a doctor working in Charlotte, NC, and is passionate about caring for Spanish-speaking patients.

DR. ASHLEY ABAIE

Ashley joined the Board in 2022, but she first came to Mexico with Faith Ministry in 2006 when she served as a summer intern. She is now a dentist in Arizona and a mother to two adorable boys, and she is passionate about making sure all communities have a voice and access to healthcare.

ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS

DEANTIN O. GUERRA, JR.

Founder/Emeritus Director

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.

ANGEL MARTINEZ GUILLEN

Construction Supervisor, Reynosa

Angel was a pillar of the Faith Ministry family and a leader among the staff; he worked for the ministry from 2006 until his passing on July 12, 2020. He dedicated over 15 years to the ministry, and he was deeply respected and loved by his fellow staff, the local volunteers, and the hundreds and hundreds of U.S. volunteers who worked with him over the years. Not only did he supervise the construction of countless homes for families in need, he was instrumental in the day-to-day operations in Reynosa, helping with everything from logistics to security to maintenance and more. If we needed something, Angel was always there to help. He valued the friendships he built at Faith Ministry, and he looked out for the staff, volunteers, and groups as if they were his own family.

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