Our hard-working and committed staff is made of both paid Mexicans and non-paid American volunteers. We currently have about 28 Mexican staff members on-site and about 10 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.)
Gabriel & Eduarda (Ocampo Meda) Diego Garcia
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 Comity, 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 Schuetze
US Board President/Administrators (since April 1993)
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.
Director of Operations (since forever)
While Michael was studying Christian Ministry with a Focus on Youth at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, he was also leading short term missions teams to Door of Faith. After university, he chose to come and serve the children of Baja. His first full-time mission was with Genesis Diez, a ministry south of Ensenada, leading summer camp programs for orphans. After Genesis Diez he joined the team here at Door of Faith. He has been serving here with a special focus on mentoring our teenage boys. Michael runs the day to day operations of our large home. His servant’s heart comes through as he is a natural leader with the visiting groups, the staff, and Door of Faith teens alike.
Rick and Nicole Garcia
Missions/Group Leaders (since 2019)
Rick and Nicole are from Stockton, CA, and have been married for 28 years. 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 help coordinate all of the short-term missions teams coming to DOFO. Rick also loves teaching Jiu Jitsu to our boys and Nicole leads our Child Sponsorship Program.
Child Sponsorship Coordinator (since 2020)
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!
Group Host (since 2023)
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.