Our staff is made up of both paid Mexicans and American volunteers. We currently have about 28 Mexican staff members on site and seven American volunteers. Our American volunteers raise their own personal support–No American receives any financial compensation from Door of Faith.
Gabriel & Eduarda (Ocampo Meda) Diego Garcia
Gabe (Gabriel) and his wife Lala (Eduarda) are the Directors of Door of Faith. For over 20 year 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.
Administrators: DJ & Lynette Schuetze (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 larger orphanages in Baja. Today DJ & Lynette spend part of their time helping with orphanage consulting and training, both in Mexico and parts of Africa.
Michael Brown (since August 2012)
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 works hosting groups and has taken a strong leadership role in the day to day operations of our 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.
Mike and Kate Logan (since March 2014)
Mike and Kate Logan are from Northern California. Mike is a retired Firefighter and Kate retired as the Administrator of the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants. They first came to DOFO in 2008 with their church and continued to come each year. While becoming Missionaries in their 60’s was not exactly their plan, they were surprised and pleased that it was God’s plan. Mike is the main bike mechanic and Kate loves being a part of the cake team. Both Mike and Kate also assist where needed including hosting groups. They are great with the children and have embraced their roll as “grandparents” to our large family.
Melody Hemmer (since March 2014)
Melody Hemmer was born and raised in a small town in Illinois and has known since she was a little girl that God was calling her to the mission field. Unlike many of our volunteers who come to us after visiting with their church or some other group, Melody found out about the orphanage on the internet. She now helps to host the groups, works on art projects, runs the library, and is part of the cake baking team. Melody has many talents she bring to the work here including being a part of the worship team at our local church and being our “in house” artist for many of the murals and signs that brighten life here at Door of Faith. She is a huge blessing to the children here, the staff, and the teams that visit.
Laura Elwood (since May 2015)
Laura was raised in San Diego, California, where she was active in her church as well as with Young Life. She graduated from UC Davis where she majored in Psychology and Spanish. Laura helped start a Young Life program in Davis before returning to San Diego to work for an early childhood education program, which focused on supporting the development of children ages 0-5 in low income communities. For years, Laura has served the underprivileged with a several organizations including: Refugee Resettlement Services at Catholic Charities and Voices for Children, supervising volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), who advocate for children in the foster care system. Since her teenage years, Laura has felt the Lord putting it on her heart to serve in missions. She is very excited to be at DOFO where she is helping host visiting groups as well as starting a preschool program for our 3-5 year olds. Laura is also an outdoor enthusiast and loves surfing, rock climbing and camping in her spare time.