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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 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.)

Directors

Gabriel & Eduarda (Ocampo Meda) Diego Garcia

Volunteers

DJ Schuetze

Administrator

Lynette Schuetze

Lynette Schuetze

Administrator

Michael Brown

Operations

Chloe Babineaux

Group Host

Matthew Garcia

Group Host

Paige Fernandez

Group Host

Hannah King

Group Host

Beth Barcelos

Group Host

Gabe and Heidi
Landes

Rick and Nicole
Garcia

Missions Leaders

Group Hosts

 

Gabe (Gabriel) and his wife 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.

Directors

Gabriel & Eduarda (Ocampo Meda) Diego Garcia

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

US Board President/Administrators (since April 1993)

DJ and Lynette Schuetze

 

Email: michael@dofo.org 

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.

Michael Brown

Director of Operations

Michael Brown

Director of Operations  (since forever)

Email: michael@dofo.org 

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.

 

Daniel Rios

Group Host   (since 2017)

Email: daniel@dofo.org

Daniel started his path as missionery when he lived in Rosarito. There he knew that God wanted something more of him besides going to church and learning, thus he arrived at La Mision in November 2016. He worked in Templo Elim and he got to meet people who invite him to be part of other ministries and little by little God moved him to serve at the Door of Faith Orphanage full time. Now he helps in our chapel and also serves other missionaries that come and help the kids.

Chloe Babineaux

Group Host   (since 2019)

Email: chloe@dofo.org

Chloe is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been coming on short term mission trips to Door of Faith since 2014. She also participated in the Internship Program that DOFO offers in July of 2018. Each trip, she experienced a deep calling to help serve the Baja community. Her heart is drawn towards working with marginalized children and families. She recently graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Family Consumer Sciences, with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies. Along with hosting groups, Chloe also assists in leading the Internship Program here. She feels blessed to work alongside such an outstanding team, and get to be a small part of a big miracle at Door of Faith Orphanage!

 

Paige Fernandez

Group Host   (since 2019)

Email: paige@dofo.org

Paige is from Seal Beach, California. She studied Theater Arts and Bible at Biola University. She is also a beauty school dropout and has spent the past 7 years serving in youth ministry. She first felt God pulling her toward global missions in 2012 when she began volunteering with E3 Partners in many parts of the world, planting churches and educating families about human trafficking. Paige first visited Door of Faith in 2016 with a group of high school students from her church. For several years, she has worked alongside other ministries in La Mision and every time returned home with a deep desire to do ministry in Mexico long term. When she returned to DOFO in 2019, God provided her with the opportunity to do just that.  She loves people, languages, and telling people about what God has done in her life!

 

Hannah and Horchata King

Group Host and Kitten (since 2019)

Email:  hannah@dofo.org

Hannah first heard about Door of Faith while attending Southwest Baptist University, when serving on a short term mission during spring break. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. She had a plan to go to grad school, but she felt called to move and serve here long term instead. She has known she would work in the mission field since 3rd grade, but would have never expected it to be this soon or to look this way. In addition to being enthusiastic about hosting and planning short term mission trips, she also coordinates Door of Faith's mass media marketing efforts and the James 1:27 Club. She gets blessed by being a part of this unexpected, but incredible journey here at DOFO. Her kitten, Horchata, doesn't do as much but is really cute. 

 

Beth Barcelos

Group Host  (since 2017)

Email:  elizabeth@dofo.org 

Beth is from Fresno California. She has known that she wanted to be a missionary since her family adopted her two sisters from China at ten years old. When she was eighteen Beth had an opportunity to work in an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico. After that experience, she felt like God was calling her to Mexico.  Hearing about Door of Faith from a friend, she began praying about being a long-term volunteer and felt like this is where God wanted her. Beth has felt blessed to have this opportunity to serve both the groups coming to serve and the kids here at Door of Faith

 
 

Gabe and Heidi Landes

Missions Leaders (since 2016)

Email:  gabe@dofo.org      heidi@dofo.org

Gabe and Heidi are from Dayton, Ohio, and have been leading mission trips and serving orphanages in Baja for 25 years. Gabe was a pastor for 14 years before starting an insurance agency which he continues to operate as a funding mechanism for his and Heidi’s work here at DOFO. Heidi has a background in urban ministry and non-profit fundraising. While in Ohio, they served as a host family for African children who came to the US for life-saving surgeries. Together, they began Courage for Parents , a ministry which encourages and equips families to follow Jesus and serve together locally and internationally. Gabe helps coordinate short-term mission groups coming to DOFO, and Heidi helps run our child sponsorship program. They serve here with their four children, living out their family motto: “Never Boring!”

Gabe and Heidi Landes

Missions Leaders (since 2016)

Email:  gabe@dofo.org      heidi@dofo.org

Gabe and Heidi are from Dayton, Ohio, and have been leading mission trips and serving orphanages in Baja for 25 years. Gabe was a pastor for 14 years before starting an insurance agency which he continues to operate as a funding mechanism for his and Heidi’s work here at DOFO. Heidi has a background in urban ministry and non-profit fundraising. While in Ohio, they served as a host family for African children who came to the US for life-saving surgeries. Together, they began Courage for Parents , a ministry which encourages and equips families to follow Jesus and serve together locally and internationally. Gabe helps coordinate short-term mission groups coming to DOFO, and Heidi helps run our child sponsorship program. They serve here with their four children, living out their family motto: “Never Boring!”

Gabe and Heidi Landes

Missions Leaders (since 2016)

Email:  gabe@dofo.org      heidi@dofo.org

Gabe and Heidi are from Dayton, Ohio, and have been leading mission trips and serving orphanages in Baja for 25 years. Gabe was a pastor for 14 years before starting an insurance agency which he continues to operate as a funding mechanism for his and Heidi’s work here at DOFO. Heidi has a background in urban ministry and non-profit fundraising. While in Ohio, they served as a host family for African children who came to the US for life-saving surgeries. Together, they began Courage for Parents , a ministry which encourages and equips families to follow Jesus and serve together locally and internationally. Gabe helps coordinate short-term mission groups coming to DOFO, and Heidi helps run our child sponsorship program. They serve here with their four children, living out their family motto: “Never Boring!”

Matthew Garcia

Group Host (since 2019)

Email:  matthew@dofo.org

Matthew became a full-time missionary in July 2019 and is from Stockton, CA. He has a long history with Door of Faith as he has served annually with his church since 2012.  Matthew has been part of DOFO’s summer internship the last two years and loves to work and be with people. He goes wherever the Lord leads and is not planning on leaving anytime soon! (He also likes the little hazelnut creamers for his coffee and wouldn’t be offended if you brought him a box or two when you visit). 

Rick and Nicole Garcia

Group Hosts (since 2019)
 

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

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.