Our Team

Abagail Higgins

Student Ministry Coordinator of Mexico Action Teams

Ministry advisor to Women’s Ministry Teams

Rachael Sanford

Student Ministry Coordinator, Strategic Alignment & Mobilization

Ministry advisor to Kids Ministry Teams

Elijah Jerjerian

Student Ministry Coordinator, Operations & Logistics

Ministry advisor to Team Nehemiah, Team Ezra, and Team Barnabas

Natalie Soeter

Student Ministry Coordinator, Team Luke Public Health

Coordinator for:
Luke Public Health 1, 2, 3

Jill Jackson

Student Ministry Coordinator, Strategic Alignment and Mobilization

Coordinator for:
Women's Shelter CAVIM,
Women's Shelter VIFAC,
Women's Prison,
Women's Rehab, Brigades

Jordan Rice

Student Ministry Coordinator, Mexico Action Teams

Coordinator for:
Marketing & Recruitment,
Men's Homeless Shelter,

Men's Prison, Men's Rehab CIDA,
Una Salida

Genesis Sahagun

Student Ministry Coordinator, Team Luke Holistic Care

Coordinator for:
Special Needs
Mental Health
Adult Care

Joe Phenisee

Student Ministry Coordinator, APU Teams

Coordinator for:
Barnabas, Ezra, Nehemiah

Ryan Hall

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The band includes Ryan Hall on vocals and acoustic guitar, Karen Hall on vocals, Jeremy Musser on bass, Ryan Musser on drums, and James Braum on electric guitar.

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    Diana Gomez

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Mexico Action Teams Support Services

    Coordinator for:
    Betania, Divina, Drama,
    Emmanuel, Mahaniam,
    Pacto, Sinai, Vida

    Annie Wong

    Coordinator, Operations, Center for Student Action

    Annie is the Operations Coordinator for the Center for Student Action at Azusa Pacific University. She processes your registrations and payments.

    Kezia Cunalata

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Team Luke’s Health & Wellness Ministries

    Ministry advisor to Luke Teams 1-3

    Christinah Uppal

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Community Service & Development

    Ministry advisor to Team Stephen, Team Noah, Enactus

    Timothy Kim

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Strategic Alignment & Mobilization

    Coordinator for:
    Brigades,
    Lead Volunteers,
    Orphanage teams

    Krisnel Miraflor

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Support Services: Mexico Outreach

    Ministry advisor to Men’s Ministry Teams

    Arica Ng

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Team Luke’s Holistic Care Ministries

    Ministry advisor to Team Luke Special Needs, Mental Health, and Adult Care

    Tim Salyards

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Strategic Alignment & Mobilization

    Ministry advisor to Orphanage Teams

    Taylor Noble

    Student Ministry Coordinator, Support Services

    Ministry advisor to Kids Ministry Teams

    Joel Jacob Dipert

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      Jason Squires

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      Jason Squires is a singer, songwriter, and worship leader. Since 2005, Jason has released three CDs, Here Am I, Send Me, and Renewed.

      In addition, Jason is a World Vision Artist. Becoming a World Vision artist gave purpose to Jason's music; he travels around sharing his music, expressing the need for children to be sponsored, and challenging others to become a child sponsor. Jason lives in Woodland, CA with his wife Kaycee.

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      Peter Neumann

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      I was born in Cameroon, Africa to missionary parents. My mom says I kicked in the womb during worship times at church, so this whole worship thing got started pretty early for me. Eventually we made our way to Riverside, CA and that’s where my youth pastor at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church asked me to lead worship for youth group. I said yes and it was pretty awkward at first, but it got me started on an amazing journey...Since then I’ve had the privilege of leading worship and experiencing God at work all over the world. At churches, camps and conference centers around America, on mission trips to South America and Europe, under the stars on a hillside in Mexico, on Sunday mornings at my home church --- I’ve seen the Lord work powerfully and seen His people respond to Him in worship. Perhaps you’ve been there with me and know what I’m talking about. He’s pretty great, isn’t He?

      I wake up every day so grateful for His love and the many ways He’s shown that to me. I’m thankful that He walked this earth, died and rose so that I could have a relationship with Him, the source of life and love Himself, forever. He allowed me to marry the woman of my dreams, Katie, on February 10, 2007. We’re still newlyweds! I get to work at a fantastic church, Bayside Church in Woodland, CA, as the Celebration Arts Pastor. I lead worship and oversee the 60 volunteers on our music, sound, lighting, stage, visual arts, and set up teams. God’s opened doors for me to lead worship around the world. He made a way for me to record CD’s and a live worship DVD. Those are some things I’m grateful for. I could go on and on. Thanks for reading a little of my story.

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      Khristi Adams

      Associate Campus Pastor for Preaching & Spiritual Programming, Azusa Pacific University

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      Khristi L. Adams is Associate Campus Pastor for Preaching & Spiritual Programming at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to working there, she served as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ. She is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Advertising and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where she obtained a Master’s of Divinity degree with a concentration in ethics and social justice. She has recently done missions work in Ghana, West Africa; and Kingston, Jamaica working with churches, schools and community groups. She just recently completed her first short-film documentary called "Chivalry is Dead" where she won Best Directorial Debut of a Documentary at the NY International Film Festival. She is the writer, director and producer of the stage plays, “Once Upon a Dream” & “The Herstory Exhibitions” which premiered at Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. She also created, “Yesterday I Died,” a play and community initiative that addresses the effects of youth violence on young people working with high school students in Somerset, NJ and Brooklyn, NY. In October 2010, she was featured in "Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special" on CNN highlighting work she’s done with young people in the community.

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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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        Sandy Van Iwaarden

        First Aid station coordinator

        Sandy coordinates the First Aid stations for all our trips. There are multiple avenues of ministry under Team Luke such as our clinic, hospice, hybrid, and special needs teams who work with national doctors and agencies in developing quality wellness programs.

        If you are a medical professional and are interested in a ministry that enables both the body and soul to be impacted please feel free to contact Sandy. You will not be the same!

        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.

            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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              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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              Emissary Band

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              Emissary band is more than a name, it's a lived out mission statement for the four members John Orozco, Daniel Orozco, Jon Delzer, and Aaron Davis. This established band has not only created a relevant sound, but a relevant purpose. Growing fans stand behind their progressive and inspiring music and also their relentless pursuit of justice for those who need it most. They have raised thousands of dollars to pay for life saving procedures and medical treatment for the needy around the world.

              When asked why the name Emissary Band was chosen, lead vocalist/guitarist/pianist John Orozco replied, "Emissary Band was developed a little over a year ago. It's fascinating when purpose hits you like a flood and you just know what you have to do. We've always had a deep affection for sonic architecture that elevates the name of God, but it wasn't until that day in 2008 that we realized what we wanted the art of music to accomplish. That day our purpose became twofold. The first is to create a worship environment and the second, which is equally important, is to create a worship experience. The flood that hit us was profound yet simple; to love god and people through the art of music. This is what we feel compelled to do. The word emissary means one sent with a message and we want our message to be clear that both God and people matter.

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              Urban Rescue

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              Urban Rescue is an independent LA-based worship band that began in a college dormitory in 2005. Lead singer-songwriter Jordan Frye has been writing and working with various musicians/producers ever since with the specific goals to create fresh, authentic, and cutting edge music for the Church. Urban Rescue pushes the boundaries of current music while remaining deeply committed to remaining worshipful both spiritually and theologically.

              “In a world marked by doubt and gripped with fear, people are becoming anxious. While it’s clear people desperately long to give and receive love, most of us keep turning toward quick-fixes and cheap rates to find it. For some it’s easier to hide; for others the darkness is so heavy that all hope seems lost. Wherever you are, know that God desperately loves you. We hope our music paints a picture of God’s love, a love that transcends every generation, every culture, and every heart.” [Frye]

              Urban Rescue's new album entitled, "Listen Empty" was recently released December 2012 and reached #9 on the "Christian and Gospel" global charts on iTunes.

              iTunes:
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                David Gaulton

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                David Gaulton is a worship leader and songwriter from Los Angeles, California whose heart for worship has grown from a young age. He is passionate about worshiping, writing songs, and living his life in a way that would change the world. David’s songwriting emerged during his years at Azusa Pacific University, where he would often spend mornings in the prayer chapel journaling before leading the school in worship. These writings would eventually become the songs on his four all-original albums, Meditations of My Heart (2005), Righteous King (2008), Christ is Born (2009) and Beyond These Walls (2010). In 2006, David had the opportunity to intern with worship leader Tommy Walker (He Knows My Name, Only A God Like You). Learning from Walker’s experience, David’s talent and love for worship flourished. David graduated APU in 2006 with a degree in Commercial Music and quickly landed a job as worship leader at Mission Valley Free Methodist Church.

                David is a Ministry Artist with Heavenly Treasures, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing Christian micro enterprises to assist the poor. In partnership with Heavenly Treasures, he has traveled to Africa and Southeast Asia on mission trips and has developed the Heavenly Treasures ‘Changing Lives Tour’ bringing awareness to the poor and oppressed around the world. David combines a penchant for travel with his love for worshipping God through song, and has led worship in the Western United States and internationally in Mexico, the Philippines, Kenya, and Cambodia. The title tracks “Righteous King” and “Meditations of My Heart” are covered by Christian artists and performed in churches across the globe, from Southern California to South Africa. “Righteous King” was even featured at Saddleback’s Worship Conference on their 2008 Saddleback Song Seeker CD. David’s sound is complementary to Christian artists such as Paul Baloche and Chris Tomlin, and shades of bands such as Switchfoot. His most recent album, Beyond These Walls, debuted in August of this year and was produced by Steve Marcia, guitarist for Phil Wickham, Francesca Battistelli, Tommy Walker, and the Kry. The inspiring CD calls for churches to shine as a light in a dark world, and was recently featured in Woship Leader Magazine, in which the article praised David’s “simple piano alternates with modern guitars, juxtapositions that mirror Gaulton’s lyrical call for believers to be the Church and reach outside of its walls”. David’s passion, talent, and genuine desire to spread the word and love of Jesus is evident in this music, with each song encouraging and challenging the Church today.

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                  Drew Martin

                  Middle School Pastor, Willamette Christian Church

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                    Eric Heard

                    Pastor, Mariners Church

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                    Eric Heard is an experienced Small Group Pastor at Mariners Church. His education includes a B.A. in Christian Education from Biola University, and a Master of Divinity from Talbot Seminary.

                    His path to Christ began during his junior year in high school, after being raised in an atheistic home. A year later, Eric’s youth pastor inspired him to start a junior high ministry. The rest is history! Since then, Eric has served in many important ministries, including 23 years as a junior high and high school pastor at Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton and 11 years as an Spiritual Growth Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine and presently oversees the small group ministry, the marriage ministry, and adult education.
                    Eric has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 30 years. Together, they have raised two kids: 20-year-old Johnny and 18-year-old Crystal.

                    Eric’s interests include running, working out, reading, eating great food, watching movies, and raising his two kids. Eric also enjoys sports like waterskiing, snow-boarding and body surfing.

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                      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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                            Eddy Calderwood

                            Director, Mexico Outreach

                            As the Director of Mexico Outreach, Eddy oversees the department and implements new innovation for the ministry. He's working on our 5 year plan to innovate Mexico Outreach into the future. We have many new ideas we are praying about and you can contact Eddy if you'd like to support Mexico Outreach into the future.

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