Scott

Scott Congdon

CEO/Founder

Scott co-founded Amor in 1980. He is the Chief Encouraging Officer/Founder - serving the most amazing team of servant leaders. He loves working at Amor because: "We are passionate about ending extreme homelessness and poverty." A random fact about Scott is that he loves traffic free chocolate and coffee.

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Gayla Congdon

CSO/Founder

Gayla co-founded Amor in 1980. She holds the position of Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer. She oversees the staff’s spiritual health, as well as communicates the goals, mission, and purpose of the organization to its constituents. She loves working at Amor because she gets to convey her passion of being a follower of Christ through the art of storytelling with an emphasis on how God wants to use all of us to impact the world.

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Andy Lyde

Chief Strategy Officer

Andy has been on the Amor Team since 2002. He champions the core values of Amor with all organizations working under the Amor umbrella worldwide. When asked what he loves about working at Amor he says, "Ever since I took my first Amor trip as a 15 year old, God has continued to meet me in new ways through Amor. I get to serve with people from around the world and discover more and more what God's kingdom looks like." Andy has taken up bird watching and insists it doesn't make him old.

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Jon Wilson

Chief Operating Officer

Jon has been on the Amor Team since 2002. He oversees all Amor Impact Trips globally. He also wins chili cook-offs and talks a lot about the Seahawks. What does Jon love about working for Amor? "Tacos". Jon's favorite cartoon : A tie between GI Joe, ThunderCats, and Bob's Burgers.

Ron Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer
Ron joined the Amor team in 2017 after 30 years as an audit partner in a regional CPA and consulting firm. He provides stewardship over the finances, support for development of all ministry locations and development of donors. He has served on many Amor three day mission trips, in the Barnabas program with La Cocina and brought his Company on a house build for an all firm retreat. Why Ron loves Amor? "the  smiles and hugs you receive from the family when they receive the key to their new home and the impact God is making not only in their lives but in my life also". 

Emily Arnold

Impact Trip Coordinator
Emily joined the Amor team in 2018. She works alongside groups to help make their trip a great experience. She’s originally from Colorado where her home church took her on her first Amor trip when she was 15. She loves spending time with her family and is obsessed with her nephews and niece.
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Alyssa Stegemoller

Mission Experience Team Leader

Alyssa has been on staff since 2014. She oversees hospitality and the La Cocina program, ensuring that our groups have amazing food during their trips. Why she loves Amor? "I love working at Amor because I'm able to make a physical and spiritual difference in people's lives not just in Mexico but all around the world." Interesting fact: Alyssa says she is the biggest Purdue fan you will ever meet. "I bleed black and gold."

Mariah Bliss

Impact Trip Coordinator
Mariah joined the Amor team in 2017. She works closely with group leaders making sure their Impact Trips go without a hitch. She also just started the Masters program at Fuller Theological Seminary to receive her Mdiv with an emphasis in Youth, Family, and Culture.
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Amy Mathis

Outreach Coordinator

Amy has been on the Amor Team since 2012. She gets to play with beautiful children from Mexico, South Africa, and India, teaching them about Jesus’ love. She also works alongside women from all over the world with the same passion for Jesus and serving. She loves being a part of ministering to and encouraging families who are raising the next generation of Christ followers. Her prayer is that this next generation will make an impact in creating justice and changing the world for God's Kingdom. She loves working at Amor because: "Amor has taken action against poverty for over 30 years by providing homes for the homeless, keeping families together. This is Jesus’ love revealed and I am so thankful He has chosen me to be a little part of it." An interesting fact about Amy is that Daniel Boone is her uncle. 

Kirstie Wilson

Impact Services Team Leader
Kirstie joined the Amor team in 2017. She works closely with our California groups making sure their Impact Trips go smoothly. She loves to read, spend time with her son, and bake cookies. 

Katie Quezada

Donor Services Coordinator
Katie has returned to Amor to oversee the donations process. She has a heart for Amor and her family. She has 3 children, enjoys reading, and trips to Big Bear.
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April Congdon

Cienega Development

April has been on the Amor Team since 2013. She developed a heart for service committing to live out the Great Commission to “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life…  (Matt 28:19 MSG).” She learned this early in college and God has been directing her steps toward Amor ever since. She graduated with a degree inCross-Cultural Business in Missions through Hope International University. She and her husband Jordan work Puerto Morelos, MX where they lead an Amor team in the development of Cienega. Growing up she loved the historical figure of Pocahontas. “I wanted to be like her: strong, beautiful, and willing to risk it all to make a difference in the world!”

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Dan Quezada

Chief of Staff
Erin

Erin Lyde

Human Resources

Erin has been on the Amor Team since 2002. She deals with human resources functions like employee benefits and recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. She loves working at Amor because: "My love for Amor started when I was 15 and took my first mission trip to Mexico. My worldview expanded and my heart grew. I love my coworkers, our volunteers, our participants, our pastors, and the families we build alongside of. I feel that God calls us to serve the poor, and I am lucky to be a part of Amor in doing this." Erin's interesting fact is that she has an irrational fear of slugs. 

 
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LaDonna Barron

Amor Impact Trips Manager

LaDonna has been on staff with Amor since 1994. Currently she facilitates our Women of Strength & Family Camp trip as well as assists with all of the other Amor Impact trips. She loves being apart of the Amor Team and acts as a constant guide for advice and spiritual insight. To know LaDonna is to love LaDonna!

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Fernando Sanchez

Mexico Business Coordinator- Construyendo Esperanza

Fernando has been on the Amor Team since 2002. He handles the business operations of our Mexican subsidiaries. He loves working at Amor because he gets to provide Mexican families with a better place to live. Fernando's favorite cartoon is GI Joe. 

Forrest

Forrest Fowler

Relationship Manager/NW Representative

Forrest has been on staff since 1996. He lives in Oregon and represents Amor in the Pacific Northwest.  He loves working to make the connection between a donor's passion and the mission of Amor. He also oversees Amor's 3 Day Trips. This is what he says about working at Amor : "I love working with a ministry that has an impact in so many ways. It is life changing for the families that receive a home, the local church, and the individual participants." Forrest's interesting fact is that he has seen the Dave Matthews Band in concert over 70 times. 

Susan

Susan Fuller

Executive Assistant
Susan joined the Amor team in 2018.  She is a Southern California Native and enjoys spending her free time on the coast or most anywhere outdoors.  Time with her family is always treasured.  It is her heart to be light (Mt. 5:14); When you become a torch set aflame with the love of Christ, wherever you go, whoever you meet, every person and every place that you come in contact with will be set on fire.
 

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Jordan Congdon

Mission Development & Spiritual Life

Jordan has been on the Amor Team since 2013. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Ethnicity, then went on to earn his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary where his passion for racial justice united with God’s heart for all of creation. He and his wife April live in Puerto Morelos, Mexico and lead an Amor team in establishing Cienega. "I don't know any life other than being a part of Amor - the best part is getting to serve alongside my wife, my parents, and the rest of our amazing team."

Maricela Ponce

Amor Store Coordinator - Construyendo Esperanza

Maricela started working for Construyendo Esperanza in 2017. She coordinates our Amor Store both in our physical camps in Mexico and our online store. Her favorite part of Amor is getting to be at a families home when they are receiving their keys. "I thank God for this ministry because through our work we can show others the love of Jesus."

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Katrina Bruins

Impact Programs Coordinator
Katrina joined the Amor team in 2017 to oversee Project Transform and encourage spiritual growth and transformation for those who come on our intensive trips. Her passions include spirituality, community, and a cup of Ethiopian coffee. "Ethiopian coffee, pour over--yes please!"
Marolin

Marolin Stempson

Constituent Services

Marolin has been a part of Amor since 1988. She talks with the trip planners following their trip, does data entry of the trip participants, and maintains the constituent database. Why she loves Amor? "Amor is an encouraging, supportive and challenging organization. While the mission and the ministry are always taken seriously, there is plenty of time to celebrate as a group. We work hard and play hard." An interesting fact about Marolin is that her side job is working as a cellar rat for Uppa Creek Winery.

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Montse Laborin

Impact 365 Storyteller

Monste captures the stories of actual impact in Mexico and manages our social media accounts. Monste loves working at Amor because: "I get to serve God at all times. I love the families, the groups, my co-workers, I just love everything." An interesting fact about her is that her mom is from Spain, her dad is from Mexico, she was born in San Diego, and she grew up in Tijuana. 

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Nick Rawson

Lead Data Analyst

Nick has been a part of the Amor Team since 2012. He maintains Amor's donor database and inputs all incoming donations. He also does statistical analysis of various parts of the ministry. Nick loves working at Amor because: "I love the mission of Amor and the people I work with." A interesting fact about Nick is that he once used hot glue to fix a window that had been broken by a frisbee. 

Ryan

Ryan English

Business Development

Ryan has been on staff with Amor since 2015. He oversees all of Amor's books.  He loves working at Amor because: "I love being able to work alongside people of faith and who care about the world." An interesting fact about Ryan is that he spent 3 years in East Africa and speaks Swahili.

Steve

Steve Horrex

VP of Global Expansion

Steve has been on staff with Amor since 1982. He is the lead representative to all foreign governments and their agencies. He oversees all research and development of building designs throughout the ministry locations. He also manages the global research and development of all the international ministry endeavors, and serves as one of the leaders for our Mexican and South African companies: Comision de Amor, Construyendo Esperanza, and Amor Ministries South Africa. When asked why he loves working at Amor: "After all these years I still love coming to work, which isn't really work to me. I love it and I know I am called to serve here. I also love that my family knows and loves the ministry like I do." Steve's least favorite food is egg plant cooked anyway possible. 

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Annie Cheng

Lead Nurturing Specialist
Annie joined the Amor team in 2018. She works with the Marketing team to help communicate Amor's vision for ministry to overall create and nurture partnerships with the organization. Annie is originally from the Bay Area, but now calls San Diego home and has lived here for the past nine years. Aside from serving, she enjoys playing soccer and field hockey, loves to travel, and always appreciates a good cup of tea! 
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Alfredo Chavez

Juarez Operations Coordinator - Construyendo Esperanza

Alfredo has been on the Construyendo Esperanza team since 2002. He loves Building Hope and helping people without many resources. His favorite food is Chiles Rellenos and his favorite movie...anything with action. Alfredo's hidden talent is that he can draw cartoon characters. He does not like peanut butter sandwiches.

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Elias Ponce

Field Specialist - Construyendo Esperanza
Elias has been on the Construyendo Esperanza team since 2016 --He works alongside and helps facilitate the groups while impacting the communities we serve. He loves working for Construyendo Esperanza because he grew up working near the Ministry. “My father is a pastor (community leader) and his example has left a legacy in my life, which consists of loving God and serving others. Helping others is something that I love and I know God has called me to do. I am very grateful and excited for this opportunity to meet new people and be part of a very special team that manages to positively impact others who need a light of love and hope.” Elias also loves photography because he can tell stories and convey emotion through the photos he takes. The food he definitely does not like is liver.

Trey Bosecker

Field Team Leader
Trey has been on the Amor Team since 2014. He started out as an intern and now oversees the field team. He loves working for Amor because he can uses his skills to serve both the groups and the families. Trey's favorite food is steak.
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Miguel Dominguez

Logistics Coordinator - Construyendo Esperanza
Miguel has been on the Construyendo Esperanza team since 2007. He loves the great work done by Amor. His father, Angel, was the first pastor with Amor Ministries so he grew up watching him provide for families in his community through a home. That taught him to see much more closely the needs of families and how to deal with families with love and patience. Back in 1990, before Amor used GPS to map their houses, Miguel had to climb up a high mountain in order to draw a map of the communities where Amor worked. "I am glad that is over!" His favorite food is beef stew with lots of chili!
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Luis Millan

Mexico Business Coordinator / Government Liaison - Construyendo Esperanza
Luis is the Mexican Business Manager, the legal representative for Comision de Amor and Construyendo Esperanza, civil organizations that Amor Ministries works through in Mexico. He has been on the Construyendo Esperanza team since 2001. "I like working for Amor because I like helping people." He likes music & football (soccer...  the real football Hahaha).

Michael James

Technical Adviser - Amor Commissioneers
Mike started in 1998 with an Amor house mission trip in Tecate, Mx, building homes alongside the impoverished. After “retirement” in 2015, God put Steve Horrex (Amor) in his path during an Amor “Project Apoyo” trip. In 2016 they formed the Commissioneers. This group works globally and virtually to design and develop community facilities with kindness and humility for justice. Current projects are located in Puerto Peñasco, The Yucatan Peninsula and Kenya. Mike is also a professor at Arizona State University and teaches the “Design for Developing World” and “Senior Engineering Capstone” classes. Students from this class have helped design many of the Puerto Penasco Facilities.
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Osvaldo Mendoza

Logistics Coordinator - Construyendo Esperanza

Osvaldo has been on the Construyendo Esperanza team since 2015. He is all about Building Hope. He especially appreciates the moral and spiritual support through the pastors he works with. Helping the families get a home really inspires him. His favorite food is seafood and his favorite movie is Peter Pan. Osvaldo loves playing soccer .