Our Staff

Bob & Gracie Ekblad (General Directors) Bob and Gracie Ekblad are founders and General Directors of Tierra Nueva. They pastor and teach locally and internationally, bridging divergent worlds inside and outside of the Church.  Their calling is to help recruit, equip and empower people to communicate good news about God’s love that combines Word, Spirit and Street perspectives at the service of people on the margins. To give toward Bob and Gracie's ministry click HERE.  www.bobekblad.com

Bob & Gracie Ekblad

(General Directors)

Bob and Gracie Ekblad are founders and General Directors of Tierra Nueva. They pastor and teach locally and internationally, bridging divergent worlds inside and outside of the Church.  Their calling is to help recruit, equip and empower people to communicate good news about God’s love that combines Word, Spirit and Street perspectives at the service of people on the margins.

To give toward Bob and Gracie's ministry click HERE

www.bobekblad.com

Salvio and Victoria Hernandez (Director of Family Support Center, Migrant Family Advocacy) Salvio and Victoria work in the Family Support Center offering accompaniment, legal advocacy, translation, assistance and home visitations. They love going to people's homes to read the Bible, praying for--and with--others and praising God. They love to see God transform lives through God's Word.  To give toward Salvio and Victoria and their ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE. 

Salvio and Victoria Hernandez

(Director of Family Support Center, Migrant Family Advocacy)

Salvio and Victoria work in the Family Support Center offering accompaniment, legal advocacy, translation, assistance and home visitations. They love going to people's homes to read the Bible, praying for--and with--others and praising God. They love to see God transform lives through God's Word. 

To give toward Salvio and Victoria and their ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE

Matt Malyon (Jail and Juvenile Detention Chaplain) Matt is a chaplain in the Skagit County Community Justice Center and Skagit County Juvenile Detention. He completed his MFA degree in 2015, and is the founding Director of Underground Writing, a literature-based creative writing program serving incarcerated, migrant, addiction recovery, and other at-risk communities in Northern Washington through literary engagement and personal restoration. To give toward Matt and his ministry at Tierra Nueva click HERE. www.undergroundwriting.org

Matt Malyon

(Jail and Juvenile Detention Chaplain)

Matt is a chaplain in the Skagit County Community Justice Center and Skagit County Juvenile Detention. He completed his MFA degree in 2015, and is the founding Director of Underground Writing, a literature-based creative writing program serving incarcerated, migrant, addiction recovery, and other at-risk communities in Northern Washington through literary engagement and personal restoration.

To give toward Matt and his ministry at Tierra Nueva click HERE.

www.undergroundwriting.org

Kevin & Danielle Riley (Advocates) Kevin and Danielle are involved the life of our community of Tierra Nueva and doing outreach to the wider community. They officially came on staff in July 2016, working as men’s and women’s advocates. They are both trained relapse prevention counselors with the Genesis Process. Kevin regularly delivers the message at Tierra Nueva's Sunday worship. Danielle is the current lead Women's Advocate and also heads the children’s ministry. They learned of Tierra Nueva while living on the street and serving time in jail. Kevin has graduated from New Earth Recovery’s Trust program. They have been so moved by the integrity and love in this ministry, they have decided to become a part of it. To give toward the Riley's and their ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE.   

Kevin & Danielle Riley

(Advocates)

Kevin and Danielle are involved the life of our community of Tierra Nueva and doing outreach to the wider community. They officially came on staff in July 2016, working as men’s and women’s advocates. They are both trained relapse prevention counselors with the Genesis Process. Kevin regularly delivers the message at Tierra Nueva's Sunday worship. Danielle is the current lead Women's Advocate and also heads the children’s ministry. They learned of Tierra Nueva while living on the street and serving time in jail. Kevin has graduated from New Earth Recovery’s Trust program. They have been so moved by the integrity and love in this ministry, they have decided to become a part of it.

To give toward the Riley's and their ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE

 

Mike Neelley (Executive Director) Mike is the Executive Director of Tierra Nueva.  As Executive Director, Mike “pastors the pastors” in all levels of leadership – staff development, discipleship, and leadership council. Mike also helps lead our faith community in worship and teaching, and partners with various staff in their areas of calling. Mike is passionate about all people encountering God's goodness and experiencing healing, restoration, transformation and empowerment. To give toward Mike and his ministry at Tierra Nueva click HERE. 

Mike Neelley

(Executive Director)

Mike is the Executive Director of Tierra Nueva.  As Executive Director, Mike “pastors the pastors” in all levels of leadership – staff development, discipleship, and leadership council. Mike also helps lead our faith community in worship and teaching, and partners with various staff in their areas of calling. Mike is passionate about all people encountering God's goodness and experiencing healing, restoration, transformation and empowerment.

To give toward Mike and his ministry at Tierra Nueva click HERE. 

Alvin Shim (Office & Communications Administrator) Alvin is the Office and Communications Administrator. He graduated from Dordt College in the Midwest, taught in Korea for two years, and loves living in Skagit Valley with his fantastic wife. His heart is for transformation, justice, storytelling, sharing good food, and efficient organizations. At his position at Tierra Nueva, he gets to do most of those things in celebrating Christ's love for His people.  To give toward Alvin and his ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE.  www.alvinshim.com  

Alvin Shim

(Office & Communications Administrator)

Alvin is the Office and Communications Administrator. He graduated from Dordt College in the Midwest, taught in Korea for two years, and loves living in Skagit Valley with his fantastic wife. His heart is for transformation, justice, storytelling, sharing good food, and efficient organizations. At his position at Tierra Nueva, he gets to do most of those things in celebrating Christ's love for His people. 

To give toward Alvin and his ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE

www.alvinshim.com  

Elise Krawczyk (Staff accountant with Carmen's Bookkeeping) I was born in Burlington, down the street from Tierra Nueva. My dad was one of two doctors in this town. He served the migrant population.  And so from a young age it was instilled in me that our community is larger than people who are just like me. In 2008 I became the bookkeeper at Tierra Nueva and since then have come to love this ministry and its people dearly. In 2012 I moved on to another job, but I missed being a part of Tierra Nueva. So now, I've come back in 2016 because at Tierra Nueva Jesus shines out of everything that they do. Jesus is central. And I want to be a part of that vision. 

Elise Krawczyk

(Staff accountant with Carmen's Bookkeeping)

I was born in Burlington, down the street from Tierra Nueva. My dad was one of two doctors in this town. He served the migrant population.  And so from a young age it was instilled in me that our community is larger than people who are just like me. In 2008 I became the bookkeeper at Tierra Nueva and since then have come to love this ministry and its people dearly. In 2012 I moved on to another job, but I missed being a part of Tierra Nueva. So now, I've come back in 2016 because at Tierra Nueva Jesus shines out of everything that they do. Jesus is central. And I want to be a part of that vision. 

David Westerlund

(Director of Development, Jail Ministry)

David is our Director of Development and Support Raising Coach. He is passionate about improving systems and working hard to help Tierra Nueva be sustainable for the long haul. He is energized by ideas, people, stories, and making connections. He will often be heard talking about the latest book he's reading and how it's changing his life. David also is glad to serve on the Jail Chaplain team. Taking the bus, improv, good food, great conversation, the outdoors, interpersonal neurobiology, friendships and being a dad are a few of his favorite things.

To give toward David and his ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE

David's blog

Bethany Dearborn Hiser (Women's Lead for Advocacy & Discipleship) When not happily on maternity leave, Bethany supports the woman advocacy & jail chaplaincy team as the Women's Lead for Advocacy & Discipleship. She previously co-directed the Family Support Center for over 6 years, was part of the jail chaplaincy team, and has worked in a variety of social service settings as a trained social worker. Bethany is passionate about people encountering the love of God for themselves, learning to live as God's beloveds and care for themselves in the face of trauma.   To give toward Bethany and her ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE. 

Bethany Dearborn Hiser

(Women's Lead for Advocacy & Discipleship)

When not happily on maternity leave, Bethany supports the woman advocacy & jail chaplaincy team as the Women's Lead for Advocacy & Discipleship. She previously co-directed the Family Support Center for over 6 years, was part of the jail chaplaincy team, and has worked in a variety of social service settings as a trained social worker. Bethany is passionate about people encountering the love of God for themselves, learning to live as God's beloveds and care for themselves in the face of trauma.  

To give toward Bethany and her ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE. 

Julio

(Doorkeeper, Family Support Center)

Julio is the Doorkeeper at Tierra Nueva. He also serves in our Family Support Center welcoming and assisting families who come through our doors. A former gang member, his passion is working with gang members and people in recovery.