Our Team

Tim Salyards

Student Ministry Coordinator, Strategic Alignment & Mobilization

Ministry advisor to Orphanage Teams

Carlos Devitis

High School Pastor, Peninsula Covenant Church

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Carlos DeVitis is the High School Pastor at Peninsula Covenant Church, south of San Francisco.  His best feature is his amazing wife Emily and their four kids whom he enjoys wrestling relentlessly.  Lately he’s been chasing the idea that, “All happenings, great and small, are parables whereby God speaks. The art of life is to get the message.”  A week at Rancho el Refugio is one of the greatest places on the planet to do just that.

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    Joe Halbert

    Pastor, Pasadena Nazarene Church

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    For many years Joe has realized great success in student and young adult ministry.  His ministry efforts are unique in that he combines many of his athletic and outdoor adventure interests i.e. (cave exploration, back packing, cycling the pacific coast and running marathons) to his passion to serve the Lord, and to make Him known.  He is a gifted speaker and bible teacher.

    Recently, some of Joe’s ministry efforts with young adults have included sponsoring an AIDS testing clinic in South Africa, and participation in building a grade school for children in Belmopan, Belize.

    He serves on the ministry team at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena, Ca.  Is an Adjunct Professor in the Azusa Pacific Seminary at Azusa Pacific University,  and serves on the F.C.A. Board (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Kern County, Central California.

    Goals in the future: To complete a D.Min. Degree and qualify for an Ironman event.

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      Joel Murphy

      Director of Student Ministries, Maranatha High School

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      Joel Murphy is the Director of Student Ministries at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, CA. Having worked with high school students over the past decade, Joel brings a biblically dynamic and relevant message through a spirit of authenticity and humor.

      With a Masters degree in Theology and Ethics from the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific, Joel sermon’s provide thought provoking context and insight for both the new and mature believer. Outside of the professional arena, Joel and his wife Brandi are now the proud parents of their first child, a beautiful 2 month old baby girl named Tatum McKenna.

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        Luke Everett

        Co-director, Rancho Sordo Mudo

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        Luke, an ordained minister, became director of Rancho Sordo Mudo School in 1984. He is now the director of the ministry, staff director, and coordinator for visiting church groups. Luke is also an international speaker at mission’s conferences and churches throughout South America, Mexico and the U.S., delighting people with his humor but at the same time challenging them to seek God and missions.

        Born July 18th 1959 in Long Island, New York, Luke went to Mexico when his parents became missionaries to the deaf. The Everett family learned sign language and became active in deaf education and interpreting in church after Luke suffered a hearing loss at the age of five. Since March of 1969 the Everett family has lived in Baja California, Mexico.

        Besides his duties at Rancho Sordo Mudo, He is on the board of Communication and Humanitarian Services Inc. that has a deaf school in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. He is also the author of "Stepping out in faith; How God's plan for one family changed thousands of lives."

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        Mike Medeiros

        Pastor of Christian Education, Cornerstone Bible Church

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        Since his college days, Mike has displayed a passion for proclaiming God’s Word across cultures and generations. In a variety of different ways, Mike has been involved in missions work in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Mexico. He served 15 years in public education as a teacher, coach, and counselor. For 23 years, he has actively served at Cornerstone Bible Church (Glendora, CA) and has been a pastor there for the past 10 years.

        Mike currently serves as Pastor of Christian Education, which includes teaching, mentoring, and college ministry among many other things. He has served as an adjunct professor in the Practical Theology department at his alma mater, Azusa Pacific University. Whether preaching or hanging out with people, Mike brings out the richness of God’s Word while challenging others to live as a radical disciple of Jesus Christ.

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          Brian Holland

          Lead & Teaching Pastor, FLOOD Next Gen Ministries

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          I currently serve as the Lead Next Gen Pastor at Pomona First Baptist Church and I've been speaking for Mexico Outreach for to many years (I can't even remember when I started!) I’ve had the joy of being married to the most amazing woman (who loves Jesus and is smokin’ hot). I Love working out and wrestling with my two great little boys. I mow lawns and take out the garbage. See, nothing special. Just Brian.

          http://www.bigbholla.blogspot.com/

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          Amelia Rattan

          Amelia is one of the founders of Mexico Outreach. We honor her for all her years of faithful service as missionary to Mexicali, Mexico. the Mexico Outreach staff calls her "La Reina" or "The Queen" in english. She helps out with ministry coordinators in Mexicali and from time to time comes to Ensenada for our summer events.

            Happy Dean

            Happy Dean is our prison ministry coordinator. She has been going to Mexico for more than 50 years. Jerry Dean, her husband, is a regular leader of the prison ministry as well. Together they empower teams to be successful when they enter to minister in the Mexicali or Ensenada prison.

              Eduardo Irizarry

              Coordinator, Recruitment and Event Operations

              Eduardo travels and recuits for Mexico Outreach at youth pastor conventions, conferences, and with direct visits to church and school groups. If you'd like Eduardo to come present the ministry please contact him. He also oversees our event operations while in Mexico.

              Bob McCorkle

              Senior Coordinator Marketing and Publications

              Bob designs and writes all the materials for Mexico Outreach, from theme designs to web pages. IF you have questions about safety in Mexico or our resources on the web please contact Bob.

              Ron Aramburo

              Assistant Director, Mexico Outreach

              As the Assistant Director of Mexico Outreach, Ron works as a liaison between the U.S. churches, missionary contacts, and Mexican churches, as well as handling immigration matters in Mexico. He also oversees the student staff who take teams of APU students into Mexico each semester. He would love to help with any questions you may have regarding the trip and how to develop your ministry team.

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