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 (Director of Underground Writing, Jail Ministry) Matt is a chaplain in the Skagit County Jail and Skagit County Juvenile Detention, and also serves in administration.  He completed his MFA degree in 2015, and is the founding Director of Underground Writing, a literature-based creative writing program serving at-risk, incarcerated, and recovery 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

(Director of Underground Writing, Jail Ministry)

Matt is a chaplain in the Skagit County Jail and Skagit County Juvenile Detention, and also serves in administration.  He completed his MFA degree in 2015, and is the founding Director of Underground Writing, a literature-based creative writing program serving at-risk, incarcerated, and recovery 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

Lester Efraim Burgos & Angela Francisca Calix (Micro-enterprise overseer and driver, Book keeper, Tierra Nueva Honduras) Lester drives TN's vehicle, purifies water in the Agua Nueva social enterprise and oversees the coffee farm at Alta Mira. Angela serves as Tierra Nueva's book keeper for the Agua Nueva water purification project and coffee project. To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE. 

Lester Efraim Burgos & Angela Francisca Calix

(Micro-enterprise overseer and driver, Book keeper, Tierra Nueva Honduras)

Lester drives TN's vehicle, purifies water in the Agua Nueva social enterprise and oversees the coffee farm at Alta Mira.

Angela serves as Tierra Nueva's book keeper for the Agua Nueva water purification project and coffee project.

To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE

Guillermo Montes (Coffee Project Overseer, Tierra Nueva Honduras) Guillermo and his wife Idaña live at the coffee plant near the coffee farm.  He oversees the on the ground work on the farm and de-pulps, washes and dries the coffee beans. To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE. 

Guillermo Montes

(Coffee Project Overseer, Tierra Nueva Honduras)

Guillermo and his wife Idaña live at the coffee plant near the coffee farm.  He oversees the on the ground work on the farm and de-pulps, washes and dries the coffee beans.

To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras 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 will be officially coming on staff in July 2016 - working as men’s and women’s advocates. They are both trained relapse prevention counselors with the Genesis Process. Danielle will also be involved with 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 will be officially coming on staff in July 2016 - working as men’s and women’s advocates. They are both trained relapse prevention counselors with the Genesis Process. Danielle will also be involved with 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

 

Ingmer Efrain Santos (Pastoral Assistant, Tierra Nueva Honduras) Ingmer serves as pastoral assistant in Mal Paso, visiting people in their homes, and gathering people for worship services, bible studies and other meetings. To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE. 

Ingmer Efrain Santos

(Pastoral Assistant, Tierra Nueva Honduras)

Ingmer serves as pastoral assistant in Mal Paso, visiting people in their homes, and gathering people for worship services, bible studies and other meetings.

To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE

Angel David Calix (Director and pastor, Tierra Nueva Honduras) David has served Tierra Nueva since 1985 in many capacities, beginning as an agricultural promotor and Bible study facilitator and overseer of sustainable farming promotion.  Since 2004 David pastors a growing network of families called Hogares en Transformation (households in transformation).  He visits families in their homes, leads Bible studies and gatherings in Minas de Oro and Mal Paso, and oversees TN's coffee farm and water purification project. To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE. 

Angel David Calix

(Director and pastor, Tierra Nueva Honduras)

David has served Tierra Nueva since 1985 in many capacities, beginning as an agricultural promotor and Bible study facilitator and overseer of sustainable farming promotion.  Since 2004 David pastors a growing network of families called Hogares en Transformation (households in transformation).  He visits families in their homes, leads Bible studies and gatherings in Minas de Oro and Mal Paso, and oversees TN's coffee farm and water purification project.

To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE

Chris Hoke

(Gang Initiative, Jail Ministry, Director of Underground Coffee)

In 2005, Chris Hoke came to read the Bible “with the damned” alongside Bob Ekblad in the Skagit County Jail. He did not expect to be embraced and dubbed “pastor” by a growing community of Chicano gang members in the Skagit Valley. As founder of Tierra Nueva's Gang Initiative, his passion now is to help disciple former gang members and men out of prison to step into the calling many of them feel--like Saul of Tarsus--to work with the community to reach a new generation of hurting youth. Chris also co-founded our Underground Coffee roasting business and leads worship.  His book, Wanted, was released by HarperOne in February 2015.

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

www.chris-hoke.com

Neaners (Gang Ministry) Neaners had a vision while in solitary confinement: to work with Tierra Nueva when he got out and help reach other men still in gangs, both on the streets of our valley and still in prison, with the same kind of love and hope that reached him over the years. Neaners now works with Chris and Claire as the Outreach Assistant with the Gang Ministry. To give toward Neaners' and his ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE. 

Neaners

(Gang Ministry)

Neaners had a vision while in solitary confinement: to work with Tierra Nueva when he got out and help reach other men still in gangs, both on the streets of our valley and still in prison, with the same kind of love and hope that reached him over the years. Neaners now works with Chris and Claire as the Outreach Assistant with the Gang Ministry.

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

Michelle Ramage (Family Support Center, Worship and Faith Community, Social Media) Michelle is excited to witness and participate in glimpses of God’s kingdom at Tierra Nueva! She desires to grow closer to the God- who is with us- as she engages in the practice of “being with” and present to those whom society has cast off. Michelle also delights in good Mexican food, reading, dancing and noticing life’s ordinary miracles. To give toward Michelle and her ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE

Michelle Ramage

(Family Support Center, Worship and Faith Community, Social Media)

Michelle is excited to witness and participate in glimpses of God’s kingdom at Tierra Nueva! She desires to grow closer to the God- who is with us- as she engages in the practice of “being with” and present to those whom society has cast off. Michelle also delights in good Mexican food, reading, dancing and noticing life’s ordinary miracles.

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

Rebekah & Mike Zosel (Director of Children and Family Ministry | Men's Advocate, Jail Ministry, Family Support Center) Rebekah and Mike joined Tierra Nueva in September 2015. Rebekah is passionate about children and their role in God's kingdom and also loves the outdoors.  Mike has a background in homeless ministry and also loves to cook.  Both Rebekah & Mike have theology degrees from Seattle Pacific University and are excited about being in ministry together. To give toward Rebekah & Mike and their ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE

Rebekah & Mike Zosel

(Director of Children and Family Ministry | Men's Advocate, Jail Ministry, Family Support Center)

Rebekah and Mike joined Tierra Nueva in September 2015. Rebekah is passionate about children and their role in God's kingdom and also loves the outdoors.  Mike has a background in homeless ministry and also loves to cook.  Both Rebekah & Mike have theology degrees from Seattle Pacific University and are excited about being in ministry together.

To give toward Rebekah & Mike and their ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE

Carmen Bruner (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. 

Carmen Bruner

(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. 

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. 

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) Bethany returns to TN after a year and a half away, excited to support 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)

Bethany returns to TN after a year and a half away, excited to support 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. 

Claire Latimer (Jail Ministry, Gang Ministry, Worship and Faith Community) Claire read "Reading the Bible with the Damned" in Montreal, and wanted to learn how to do that with Tierra Nueva. She is now working in a new role in the Gang Ministry to reach out to gang-involved women. She is also on the chaplaincy teams in the Skagit County Jail and Juvenile Detention, and helps out in the worshipping community. She is passionate about welcome and self-discovery and connecting disparate things. She is currently planning to find a new hobby. To give toward Claire and her ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE. 

Claire Latimer

(Jail Ministry, Gang Ministry, Worship and Faith Community)

Claire read "Reading the Bible with the Damned" in Montreal, and wanted to learn how to do that with Tierra Nueva. She is now working in a new role in the Gang Ministry to reach out to gang-involved women. She is also on the chaplaincy teams in the Skagit County Jail and Juvenile Detention, and helps out in the worshipping community. She is passionate about welcome and self-discovery and connecting disparate things. She is currently planning to find a new hobby.

To give toward Claire 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.

Anne Park   (Jail Ministry, People's Seminary, Women's Advocate) Anne is involved in many areas of Tierra Nueva, but her passion lies in building deep relationships with the women she meets in jail and in the community. She longs to see Jesus' love invade the hearts of the ladies and is honoured to be there to witness this invasion.  To give toward Anne and her ministry with Tierra Nueva please click HERE. 

Anne Park  

(Jail Ministry, People's Seminary, Women's Advocate)

Anne is involved in many areas of Tierra Nueva, but her passion lies in building deep relationships with the women she meets in jail and in the community. She longs to see Jesus' love invade the hearts of the ladies and is honoured to be there to witness this invasion. 

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

Regina Calix (Pastoral Assistant, Tierra Nueva Honduras) Regina serves as pastoral assistant in Mal Paso, visiting people in their homes, and gathering people for worship services, bible studies and other meetings. To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE. 

Regina Calix

(Pastoral Assistant, Tierra Nueva Honduras)

Regina serves as pastoral assistant in Mal Paso, visiting people in their homes, and gathering people for worship services, bible studies and other meetings.

To give toward Tierra Nueva Honduras click HERE