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Our Staff

Our hard-working and committed staff is made of both paid Mexicans and non-paid American volunteers. We currently have about 35 Mexican staff members on-site and 7 American volunteers. 

Click on the staff picture for their story and contact information. 

 

(No American receives any financial compensation from Door of Faith.

If you’d like to support our volunteer staff please contact them directly.)

Directors
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Gabriel & Eduarda (Ocampo Meda) Diego Garcia

Volunteers
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Rick and Nicole Garcia

Directors of Operations

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Emily John

Child Sponsorship

Coordinator

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Sherry French

Group Host

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Cassidy Crecelius

Group Host

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DJ Schuetze

Advisor

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Lynette Schuetze

Advisor/Mom

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Gabriel & Eduarda (Ocampo Meda) Diego Garcia

Directors

Gabe (Gabriel) and Lala (Eduarda) are the directors of Door of Faith. For over 20 years they have been serving the children here. Gabriel has been involved with Door of Faith from early on, joining the family as a teenager in 1962. Together they oversee the children and staff here at the orphanage. Gabriel is also president of the Orphanage Committee, an organization made up of orphanages serving approx. 500 children of Ensenada, Baja. Lala and Gabe have three children living at home, Gabriel, Perla & Patricia, and two married children, Alana and Gabriel Jr.

DJ and Lynette
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DJ and Lynette Schuetze

US Board President/Advisors (since April 1993)

Email: dj@dofo.org   lynette@dofo.org 

DJ & Lynette Schuetze moved from Orange County to Door of Faith in April of 1993.  Lynette is trained in child development and was a preschool teacher.  DJ’s background is business, running a wholesale company in Southern California. After volunteering on weekends for many years at various orphanages, they felt led to move full time to Baja to serve the children here at Door of Faith.  Since their arrival at Door of Faith to handle day to day operations and serve where needed, the home has grown into one of the largest orphanages in Baja.  Today DJ & Lynette spend much of their time helping with orphanage consulting and training, both in Mexico and parts of Africa.  DJ also is president of Strong Tower Ministries, a team serving multiple ministries here in Baja including medical teams, construction projects, food programs, and whatever ministries need to further the Kingdom.

To read DJ’s blog click here

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Rick and Nicole Garcia

Directors of Operations (since 2024)

Email:  rick@dofo.org      nicole@dofo.org

Rick and Nicole are from Stockton, CA. They were married in 1996, have 3 adult married children and 4 grandchildren. They began serving at DOFO with their church, Calvary Chapel Stockton in 2012 on annual mission trips. They made the leap of faith in August 2019 to become full-time missionaries and moved to Door of Faith. Rick and Nicole have had many job titles at DOFO from Child Sponsorship Coordinator, to Missions Leaders, as well as running the American volunteers. Rick and Nicole are now stepping into a much bigger role as the American Directors of Operations! They are very excited the Lord has asked them to continue serving at Door of Faith.

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Emily John

Child Sponsorship Coordinator  (since 2020)

Email:  emily@dofo.org 

Emily moved from Fresno, CA to Door of Faith in July 2020. She has participated in many short term trips to DOFO since her first visit with her church in 2018, including being a part of DOFO's Summer Internship Program for the past two years. With every trip, Emily felt more strongly called to serve at DOFO long term. After graduating High School, she made the transition as a full-time missionary. In addition to hosting groups, Emily writes our regular email updates and newsletters. She is excited to be a part of the Door of Faith family and humbled to be involved in what God is doing here!  

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Sherry French

Group Host (since 2023)

Email:  sherry@dofo.org 

Sherry joined the DOFO team in January 2023, moving from her home town of Ventura, CA. Sherry felt called to missions in 2015 and since then has been able to work along side numerous ministries in over 13 different countries. After visiting Door of Faith a hand full of times on short term mission trips, she received a dream from the Lord to apply for the full time volunteer position that was posted on DOFO’s Social Media page. Her main focus is group hosting as well as coordinating our James 1:27 Club and she loves every minute of it. She feels lucky to be part of the big DOFO family.

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Cassidy Crecelius

Group Host (since 2023)

Email:  cassidy@dofo.org 

Cassidy moved to Door of Faith from Sequim, WA  in September 2023. She first visited DOFO on a short term mission trip with her high school youth group. On this trip she remembers thinking that it would be such an honor to work here one day but never thought it would happen. Yet God placed DOFO on her heart, leading her to participate in our Summer Internship and now commiting to work here full time. Cassidy loves hosting groups as well as coordinating birthday gifts and our James 1:27 Club. She is so grateful to be a part of this beautiful community.

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