The EM Team

Meet our dedicated staff and interns who lead and mobilize volunteers to love and serve others in the name of Jesus all over the U.S. and around the world.


U.S. Staff

Abigail Thiebaut
Mission Trips & Marketing Intern

Through leading mission trips in NYC, Caribbean IMMERSION, and now supporting short-term trips from the home office, I have found a passion for compassion and feel so blessed to help others engage in experiences that allow them to grow in compassion for others. I absolutely love connecting with church and team leaders and helping to share the mission of EM through marketing initiatives.

Amanda Delbeke

"I'm passionate about the behind-the-scenes of IMMERSION and seeing the worldview of young adults change over the span of 1-6 months. When I'm not planning details or talking your ear off, you can find me drinking a lot of coffee, hanging out with my YoungLife girls, or running the tech booth at my church."

Autumn Zimmerman
Director of Servicing

"I get the best of both worlds. I work with teams planning their trips and I also work on the field in the Appalachia region. Working behind the scenes to help teams put together life-changing experiences to serve and connect with the communities I love is such a joy for me. Serving and Missions impacted my world in such a life altering way when I was a teenager and I pray it will be the same for every group that serves with us."

Chris Clum
Executive Director

D.J. Morgan
Director of Communications

Heather Reynolds

"I am passionate about seeing young adults step outside their routine and make the decision to GO! I love telling stories and seeing God show up in the most unlikely places. When I'm not behind-the-scenes with IMMERSION, you may find me in one of EM's urban mission trip communities."

Heidi Clum
Support Team

Jarrod Hale
Website Coordinator

"In 2013, I joined the 3-month South Africa IMMERSION. I interned with the servicing team in 2014 before transitioning to South Africa in 2015 where I had the opportunity to lead IMMERSION and two-week mission trip teams. It was incredible to see the growth of so many team members during their time there. In 2017, I transitioned into a full-time roll with EM U.S. to coordinate the ongoing development of the website."

Jerrica Navarre

"My journey with EM started in 2015 as a team member on a 6-month Caribbean IMMERSION trip. Since my time as a team member, I have led two more 6-month Caribbean trips, and one 3-month Costa Rica team! Having the opportunity to spend so much time in these communities, Im privileged to call many local people friends and even family! IMMERSION has humbled me, challenged me, and changed me forever. Its my passion to serve, my mission to love well, and to help others get just as much out of this experience as I have!"

Joshua Gray
Director of Operations

"As a college student I left the Indiana cornfields for a summer internship with EM in Jamaica and this lead me to my current role out of the Washington office. I frequently travel to our Caribbean or Navajo communities and one of my greatest passions is helping to provide opportunities for young people in developing countries. When I’m not working I enjoy running, hiking, backpacking, and exploring the Northwest."

Kelsey Bennett
Support Team

"My first experience with EM was leading a trip through the college ministry I worked for to Haiti. I was blown away by the passion for Jesus and care for our team and the local community that each staff member had. I have always had a passion for getting others excited about loving God and loving others- and what better way than working in missions!"

Kristy Clum
Support Team

Linda Rawlins
Finance Team

"I've been a part of the EM family for years—raising my family with the attitude of service, compassion and dignity which is so modeled by the entire EM culture and staff. But now I actually have a new role behind the scenes, working on the Finance Team. Whether we are behind a desk or out in the field, at the end of the day, we are all here to glorify God, to be His hands and feet, and to encourage others to do the same!"

Marciana Heemstra
Kids Club Coordinator

"I have the joy of pulling together many of my strengths and passions in my work. I love the creativity and logistical challenges involved in designing Kids Club lessons, games and crafts that can be enjoyed in vastly differing communities. Any chance to highlight the Imago Dei—humans created in the image and likeness of God—and our need for the Savior brings a thrill to my heart."

Sara Hale
Support Team

"I love working with EM; whether it be behind the scenes or serving with them in communities. It is so amazing to see people walk out this journey and learn what it means to 'live their mission.' I am also continually grateful that I get to serve alongside our incredible community partners and continue the relationships we started during my first IMMERSION in 2013."

Sarah Tibbot

"I get so excited to see young adults grow and transform as they encounter God in people and places around the world through IMMERSION. I work with our team to put all of the pieces of the program together and love strategizing, thinking creatively, and cultivating passion in the face of challenges."

International Staff

Daniel Bannoura
EM Holy Land Staff

Daniel works alongside Keren to help coordinate and lead IMMERSION teams and short-term mission trips to the Holy Land.

Dave Bazin
EM Haiti Coordinator

Dave coordinates logistics for all EM teams in Haiti as well as our Education and Micro-loan programs. He is passionate about helping his country by serving others and living out his faith.

Demar Granville
EM Jamaica Staff

Demar is a school teacher and he also assists Pastor Gordon with the pastoral duties of his local church in Catadupa. He is a natural leader with a heart to serve others and live out his Christian faith.

Hein & Helene Van Wyk
EM Africa Directors

"The chief end of man is to know God and to enjoy Him forever. As followers of Christ our mission is a call to worship; to live consciously and constantly before the face of God. Our mission is to experience God and to incarnate Christ. Our mission in southern Africa is to live our mission."

Jacky Augustin
EM Haiti Staff

Jacky coordinates our Kids Club ministry in Haiti, and he helps coordinate IMMERSION and mission trip teams. He loves to joke around and be the life of the party, but he is also very serious about his faith and has a big heart for others.

Julia Greif
EM Africa Staff

Keren Kandel
EM Holy Land Coordinator

In the past, Keren served with EM as Summer Staff in Jamaica and Cuba and an IMMERSION team leader to South Africa. She now lives and coordinates all EM trips and programs in the Holy Land.

Leroy Gordon Junior
EM Jamaica Staff

Leroy Jr. is a full-time teacher, and he helps to coordinate EM summer teams. He is active in his the local church where he assists with worship and he has a heart to live out his faith by serving others.

Mynor Naj
EM Belize Staff

Mynor is an integral part of EM Mission Trips to Belize, handling most of the logistics and construction projects. He also coordinates the Belize section of the 6-Month Caribbean IMMERSION terms and, from time to time, also helps lead short-term mission trips in Costa Rica.

Nordia Fletcher
EM Jamaica Staff

Nordia is an active member of our partner church in Jamaica and she also helps coordinate our summer mission teams. She does a wonderful job of connecting with people of different backgrounds.

Pastor Leroy Gordon
EM Jamaica Coordinator

Pastor Gordon is not only our community coordinator in Jamaica but he is also a full-time pastor and oversees a network of churches in the country. He has lived in the small town of Catadupa for over 30 years, and he is a highly respected leader in the local community. He is passionate about helping people with their practical and spiritual needs. He is committed to "preaching the gospel in a practical way."

Pastor Nelzon Guillen
EM Belize Partner

As the head of the Family of God Church network in Belize, Pastor Nelzon has a long history in ministry. Through his experience he helps idendify projects that short-term mission trip teams are able to come alongside on a longterm basis. Often times you might also hear Pastor Nelzon shout "ALELUYA" as he is driving your team around Belize in a big bus.

Phyllis Salmon
EM Jamaica Staff

Phyllis helps to maintain the facilities of our partner church in Catadupa, and she has been active in her community for many years. She is a strong woman of faith who loves to connect with the EM teams.

Roody Quilted
EM Haiti Staff

Roody assists with logistics for EM mission teams in Haiti as well as our Micro-loan program. He has a tender heart, and when he's not working for EM he loves to play soccer and hang out with his friends.

Sarah Molina
EM Costa Rica Staff

Sarah and her husband Victor are some of the most kind hearted people you will meet in Costa Rica. Not only do they help coordinate mission trip logistics for dozens of people who visit their community every year but host IMMERSION participants in their home multiple times a year. They have servants hearts and, with humility and compassion, have answered the ministry calling God has given them.

Victor Mayorga
EM Costa Rica Staff

Victor and his wife Sarah are some of the most kind hearted people you will meet in Costa Rica. Not only do they help coordinate mission trip logistics for dozens of people who visit their community every year but host IMMERSION participants in their home multiple times a year. They have servants hearts and, with humility and compassion, have answered the ministry calling God has given them.

Wilson Augustin
EM Haiti Staff

Wilson assists with all of our programs in Haiti and he is committed to serving God and others. He loves physical fitness, and he does his best to make sure all of the EM Haiti staff are staying in shape.

Spring/Summer Staff