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 Chaplain  )   Matt is a chaplain in the Skagit County Community Justice Center, and a Reader in the Greek Orthodox Church.  He holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, 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   .      undergroundwriting.org

Matt Malyon

(Jail Chaplain)

Matt is a chaplain in the Skagit County Community Justice Center, and a Reader in the Greek Orthodox Church.  He holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, 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.

undergroundwriting.org

  Elise   Krawczyk     (Staff accountant with Carmen's Bookkeeping)   Elise is the bookkeeper at Tierra Nueva. Both Elise and Carmen from Carmen’s Bookkeeping have grown up in Skagit Valley and have enjoyed watching the ministry, love and outreach that Tierra Nueva offers to this community.

Elise Krawczyk

(Staff accountant with Carmen's Bookkeeping)

Elise is the bookkeeper at Tierra Nueva. Both Elise and Carmen from Carmen’s Bookkeeping have grown up in Skagit Valley and have enjoyed watching the ministry, love and outreach that Tierra Nueva offers to this community.

  Mike Neelley    (Executive Director)   As Executive Director, Mike “pastors the pastors” in all levels of leadership through staff development, discipleship, and executive leadership. Mike also helps lead our faith community in worship, teaching, and prayer ministry; 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)

As Executive Director, Mike “pastors the pastors” in all levels of leadership through staff development, discipleship, and executive leadership. Mike also helps lead our faith community in worship, teaching, and prayer ministry; 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  

   
  
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     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 a Women's Advocate and the Children’s Ministry Director.  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 a Women's Advocate and the Children’s Ministry Director.

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

 

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.