Scott and Gayla Congdon founded Amor Ministries in 1980 after confronting the spiritual and physical need found in Mexican orphanages. Having experienced the poverty of Mexico during their early ministry work, they desired to share their experiences and involve others in committing to serve the impoverished worldwide. Their goal is to instill the belief that a single act truly can make a difference. Several decades later, Amor Ministries remains committed to it’s mission. Each year, Amor provides nearly 9,000 volunteers with an opportunity to serve the poorest of the poor through its house-building projects.

Scott Congdon

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Scott leads the organization both as Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Holding a baccalaureate degree from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University, Scott is responsible for developing and maintaining the long-term goals of the ministry. He serves as the liaison between Amor Ministries and the governing Board of Directors and is dedicated to ensuring the organization remains on the cutting edge of short-term missions work. Scott is also a popular speaker for a number of men’s groups nation-wide where he offers insight on a variety of leadership topics and holds a weekly guest spot on South Africa’s nationally syndicated christian radio station, 90.7 Rainbow FM.


Gayla Congdon

Co-Founder, Chief Spiritual Officer

Gayla holds the position of Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer. Gayla oversees the staff’s spiritual health, as well as communicates the goals, mission, and purpose of the organization to its constituents. She has authored several articles for The Christian Standard on a variety of subjects, including “Serving with Cultural Intelligence.” Gayla has been a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award in 2000 and 2001. She earned a master’s degree in 1989 and was presented an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Northwest Christian College in June of 2000. Gayla was featured on the nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt radio show. She has also served as a commencement speaker for Hope International University, led workshops at the National Missionary Convention and the Christian Leadership Alliance Conference, and speaks to churches and women’s groups on a number of topics throughout the year.  If you are interested in having Gayla come speak at your church or event, go here.