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.     Click here to support the Ekblads’ ministry at Tierra Nueva.       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.

Click here to support the Ekblads’ ministry at Tierra Nueva.

bobekblad.com

    Kevin & Danielle Riley    (Pastoral Advocates)   Kevin and Danielle are involved the life of our community of Tierra Nueva and doing outreach to the wider community. They are both trained relapse prevention counselors with the Genesis Process.  Danielle is the Lead Women's Advocate, Director of Children’s Ministry, and the Director for Women’s Chaplaincy at Skagit Community Justice Center. Kevin was commissioned by Presbytery as Head Pastor of Mount Baker Presbyterian in 2018 and regularly delivers the message at Tierra Nueva, where he is a Pastoral Advocate.  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.     Click here to support Kevin and Danielle’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

Kevin & Danielle Riley

(Pastoral Advocates)

Kevin and Danielle are involved the life of our community of Tierra Nueva and doing outreach to the wider community. They are both trained relapse prevention counselors with the Genesis Process.

Danielle is the Lead Women's Advocate, Director of Children’s Ministry, and the Director for Women’s Chaplaincy at Skagit Community Justice Center.
Kevin was commissioned by Presbytery as Head Pastor of Mount Baker Presbyterian in 2018 and regularly delivers the message at Tierra Nueva, where he is a Pastoral Advocate.

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.

Click here to support Kevin and Danielle’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

  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.     Click here to support Matt’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.       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.

Click here to support Matt’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

undergroundwriting.org

  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.     Click here to support Mike’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

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.

Click here to support Mike’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

  Andrew Lewis M.Div Candidate   Andrew is joining Tierra Nueva from Princeton Theological Seminary. He first engaged with us via The People’s Seminary and will be serving in Jail Ministry and Worshiping Community in the spring of 2019.     Click here to support Andrew’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

Andrew Lewis M.Div Candidate

Andrew is joining Tierra Nueva from Princeton Theological Seminary. He first engaged with us via The People’s Seminary and will be serving in Jail Ministry and Worshiping Community in the spring of 2019.

Click here to support Andrew’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

Julio

(Doorkeeper, Family Support Center)

Julio is a pastor and 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.

  Salvio and Victoria Hernandez    (Directors 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.     Click here to support Salvio and Victoria’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

Salvio and Victoria Hernandez

(Directors 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.

Click here to support Salvio and Victoria’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

  Alvin Shim    (Office & Communications Administrator)   Alvin is the Office and Communications Administrator. 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. Most of his work involves equipping our front-line staff and pushing Tierra Nueva further in organizational transparency and efficiency.     Click here to support Alvin’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.       alvinshim.com

Alvin Shim

(Office & Communications Administrator)

Alvin is the Office and Communications Administrator. 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. Most of his work involves equipping our front-line staff and pushing Tierra Nueva further in organizational transparency and efficiency.

Click here to support Alvin’s ministry at Tierra Nueva.

alvinshim.com

  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.