Founding DirectorEmail: [email protected]
Steve received a Bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist College, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a M.A. from St. Mary’s in Counseling. His passion for disadvantaged children began in 1989 working with abused children on a children’s home campus in San Antonio. That position morphed into an international ministry that took him to Russia, Romania and Moldova. Serving now with JMI allows him to continue a history in Moldova that dates back to 1999 and have the privilege of implementing programming in some of the most destitute countries in the world.
Mary Katharine Hunt
Executive DirectorEmail: [email protected]
Mary Katharine Hunt is the Executive Director for Justice & Mercy International. Previously Mary Katharine spent 20 years investing in the ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources. Most recently she served as the Vice President of Marketing for B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay.
Mary Katharine has a heart for missions and a passion for advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Over the years, Mary Katharine has volunteered for and led dozens of mission trips to Mexico, Moldova and Brazil. She served on the inaugural Board of Directors for Justice and Mercy International in 2008.
Hunt, a native of Tennessee, is a graduate of The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Email: [email protected]
Tara Owen is a CPA and has her Masters and BBA in Accounting from Baylor University. She performed audits with KPMG, served as an Analyst with LifeWay, performed and managed Accounting and Operations for organizations in real estate, health care and non-profit sectors, and developed a process for a wealth management company for delivering a new financial service.
Tara loves spending time with her family, volunteering in schools her two sons attend and serving her church in various roles including 10 years as a member of the finance team. She has a passion for sharing the love of Jesus with people around the world, and is thrilled to be a part of the ministry God is doing through JMI.
Sponsorship and Marketing ManagerEmail: [email protected]
Originally from Fayetteville, Georgia, Rachel grew up in the Atlanta area and went on to earn a Journalism/Advertising degree from The University of Georgia. Prior to JMI, she served on the Student Ministry team at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, and has worked with FUGE Camps in various capacities for 7 years.
There is nothing more exciting to Rachel than seeing Jesus move among people around the globe, and she finds great joy in taking the life-giving news of the Gospel to the Nations. Rachel has participated in and led many mission trips around the world, including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, and more. Rachel is humbled to be joining the JMI team, and is excited to see how JMI will continue to join the beautiful work the Father is doing around the world.
Mobilization and Logistics ManagerEmail: [email protected]
Kari originally hails from Arlington, Virginia, but did most of her growing up in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Los Angeles to attend Azusa Pacific University, where she earned her degree in Youth Ministry and Business Administration and recently moved from San Diego to Nashville.
Growing up in a ministry family opened Kari’s eyes and heart to missions and other cultures. She has led and participated in numerous mission trips, mostly leading young people to Europe and Israel with Royal Servants International and partnering with her parent’s ministry in several African countries. Kari has a heart for encouraging and empowering people around the world and is so excited to be working with JMI and sharing Christ’s unconditional love.
Email: [email protected]
Gabrielle grew up in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and recently graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Communications and Graphic Design.
Teaching art and music to the children in her home church grew her love for working with children. She is excited to be joining JMI with a heart to serve children from different parts of the world and to see the beauty that Christ makes from the broken things in this life.
Administrative AssistantEmail: [email protected]
Nanette was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to the US with her family when she was 17 years old. She went on to earn a degree in Music Industry Studies and shortly thereafter, felt a call to ministry. This shifted her career path from the music business to the local church and ultimately, JMI.
She is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus Christ on a global level and is excited to be able to use her skills and even her heritage and mother tongue, Afrikaans, to assist in furthering the Kingdom-work that JMI does. Her husband and two young boys inspire this passion for reaching people for Christ every day.
Lucy Paculabo Mhondera
Communication & Development SpecialistEmail: [email protected]
Lucy was born and raised in the UK and now resides in the US. She spent 17 years working in the UK Christian music industry coordinating and organizing European tours as a PR & Production Manager, before becoming Marketing Manager for Kingsway Communications for 8 years. In 2012 Lucy joined the Kingsway Trust as the Event Manager for their annual worship conference Mission Worship, bringing together her love of Mission & Worship. Lucy has a Diploma in Counseling and more recently spent two years in Germany working alongside Kainos, a not for profit that intervenes and rehabilitates victims of Human Trafficking.
In 2003 Lucy traveled to the Amazon with her family where her eyes were opened to a new world in which she saw worship and justice working hand in hand. Her family committed their lives to serving the people of the Amazon and she spent her following years traveling and serving on numerous mission trips.
Lucy has a passion to see freedom for the oppressed and hope for the hopeless. She feels privileged and excited to be a part of the JMI team to serve and love the poor, the orphaned and the forgotten.
National Director, Justice & Mercy MoldovaEmail: [email protected]
Alina’s greatest desire has always been to work with children. She graduated from Belts State Teacher’s Training University with a teaching degree in English and French teacher. After working in school for 2 years and getting a master’s degree she started working with JMI. Her job with JMI allowed her to use her knowledge of foreign languages and child psychology in order to help abandoned and orphan children. Alina is blessed with a great family that supports her in this service to God and feels her family now includes all the kids in JMI’s Moldova programs who need her love and support.
Vocational Director, Justice & Mercy Moldova
My name is Oleg Polevoi. I was born in Moldova and I studied at the Balti State University, Faculty of Real, Economic and Environmental Sciences. Being engaged in a variety of things, God eventually called me to serve children. I had been in children’s ministry and teen ministry for 9 years until the Lord presented me with a new opportunity to glorify him- working at JMI.
Transitional Living Boys Staff, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Igor Avram. I was born on April 15, 1986 in Moldova. I graduated from State University, the faculty of Foreign Languages. Now I teach English at a Christian High School in Chisinau. I attend The Holy TrinityChurch in Chisinau. I’m glad to be part of JMI organization. A lot of people have invested in me during these years, and that is why I have always wanted to be a part of an organization that invests in people.
Nurse, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Viorica Chelban. I have worked with JMI since September 2013. I believe in Jesus Christ and attend Messianic Hebrews church. I am a nurse and I have worked in the field of medicine for 20 years. Currently I also work for the Christian clinic Emmanuel taking care of people at their homes. My work with JMI is a great joy, honor, and at the same time a responsibility. God gives us the grace of influencing this younger generation with His word. My greatest desire is that this service to God would leave the mark of His love on the young people from this program because only Jesus Christ can give us future and hope.
Ecaterina (Katea) Tentiuc
Head of Sponsorship Department, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Ecaterina Tentiuc. I was born December 14, 1986 in Chisinau, Moldova. I graduated from Moldova State University, from the college of foreign languages with a degree in English and French education. I attend Bethel Church in Chisinau. I like to work with children and youth. I was a leader of our church youth group for five years. For many years I have worked as a Sunday school teacher in our church. I am glad to join JMI and to be useful for God here in Moldova.
Sponsorship Coordinator, Justice & Mercy MoldovaI am Cezara Moscalciuc. I was born on July 21st. I am a graduate of Alecu Russo Balti State University in the Foreign Languages Department. I studied English and German. I have a desire to know many languages and I adore children. So my work with JMI is a combination of my wishes.
My first work with JMI was unforgettable. It was the first time I met people with such big hearts (the sponsors) and saw so many difficult circumstances ( the children). I was impressed and it made me change my vision of life values. I am happy to be a part of JMI, as I have always wanted a big family.
Sponsorship Coordinator, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Anatolii Bahilov. I was born on November 5, 1988. I graduated from Alecu Russo Balti State University, the Faculty of Foreign Languages as an English teacher. I started working with kids living in poor families and orphanages since I was 14, volunteering for different missions and serving as a Sunday School teacher/assist
Sponsorship Coordinator, Justice & Mercy Moldova
Transitional Living Girls Staff, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Galina Sazichina. I live in Balti, Moldova. I have worked with children, teaching Sunday School for many years. In 2004 I graduated from Irpin Bible Seminary in the Ukraine with a degree in Christian Education and Sign Language. Since 2002 I have been working with the deaf population all over Moldova. We do camps, Bible lessons, and fellowships. I love Jesus and want all people to believe in Him. I am thrilled to work with the Grace House girls in Balti.
Social Assistant, Chisinau, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Jana Polevaia. I was born on April 26, 1991. I graduated from State University from Psychology Faculty. I was baptized in 2012 and since then I have been member of Jesus Savior church in Chisinau. I have been working for JMI since November 2014. For me it is a blessing to work for JMI, a great privilege to serve the Lord through this program. God works in a miraculous way and has a great plan for each child from JMI programs.
Sponsorship Coordinator, Justice & Mercy MoldovaArsenie was born and raised in Balti. He grew up in a Christian family, where he learned about God from a children’s Bible. He fell in love with God so much that even as a young child he wanted to become a missionary; his first sermons were to the other children at his kindergarten. After finishing school, he studied pastoral theology at the Baptist institute in Bucharest, Romania. Then he returned to Moldova guided by the verses in Habakkuk 3:17 -18.
Since returning home to Moldova in 2013, he has been involved in Emanuel Church, serving children and teenagers and teaching various trainings. In 2018 he joined the JMI team where he is able to apply his knowledge and love God through loving others. Now, he is thrilled to be working with a great team and considers it an honor to be play a part in the story God has for Moldova.
Social Assistant, Balti, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Inna. In 2008 I was baptized in a local church and ever since then I’ve had a passion for serving kids and teenagers. In 2014 I graduated from University with Social Assistant degree. I have always been inspired by the idea of service. I watched the productive and effective JMI work from the side and now I am so happy to be a part of the team and even more excited to serve people and serve God!
Psychologist, Balti, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Anastacia Bahilova. I was born on December 17. I graduated from Alecu Russo Balti State University, with a degree in Psychology. I have worked with children and adolescents since 2002, when I became a follower of Christ. I believe that God will use me to help other children, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work for JMI in Moldova with such a great team of people who love God and love children.
Social Assistant, Justice & Mercy MoldovaStela was born on February 15 in Republic of Moldova. She studied at the Pedagogical College at as well as the University of International Relations and Political Science in Moldova. Her dream is to help people in every way that she can, and now this dream can become reality. God had a strong impact on her life when she was at the orphanage. Now JMI gives her the opportunity to be around people full of love for others and faithfulness.
Social Assistant, Justice & Mercy MoldovaMy name is Tudor Frimu . I was born on April 3th, in Moldova. I graduated from Polytechnic College, and also from Institute of International Relations and Political Science. I attend Doxa Deo church in Chisinau. I’m really happy to be part of JMI, and to have the opportunity to work for them. I found love here- and this is why I want to serve God, because this is the place where my life has changed.
Sponsorship Coordinator, Justice & Mercy Moldova
Maria was born in the Ukraine. Growing up in a loving Christian family, she saw and learned how to serve people from an early age. In her youth, she was very involved in her church and worship team, where she learned that by serving people we serve God. Maria went on to study English and German at Moldova State University. Maria says she’s happy to be part of JMI, and together with a great team, hopes to change people’s lives for the better.
Boys to Leaders-House Leader, Justice & Mercy Moldova
Petru was born in Moldova and grew up in a Christian family where he met the Lord. He graduated from Balti State University Alecu Russo with the specialty of clothes designer. In May of 2017 he married Vera, who he met at Balti Church Emanuel. Petru and Vera are proud Moldovans who have big dreams for their country, and hope to serve the Lord there for a long time. Being a part of JMI is a dream come true for them.
HR Specialist, Justice & Mercy Moldova
National Director, Justice & Mercy AmazonEmail: [email protected]
Sarah was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is married to Magno Rodrigues and lives in Manaus, Amazon. At the age of seventeen, God called her to full-time ministry. Sarah received degrees from the South of Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary in Theology and the Baptist College of Florida in Missions. Sarah’s greatest joy is to be used in any shape, form, time or place by God. She feels God has blessed her with the privilege of serving Him among the people in the Amazon. Her desire is to bring the lost into a true understanding of Christ and what He has done for us and to mobilize and train God’s people to fulfill the Great Commission.
Logistics & Finance Coordinator, Justice & Mercy AmazonEmail: [email protected]
Thalita was born in the city of Manaus, Amazon. She is a graduate in Tourism and now manages finances and logistics for Justice & Mercy Amazon. Thalita primarily focuses on taking care of our sponsored special needs children, partnering with jungle pastors and visiting the river communities in order to help families. She also helps with the logistics of all of JMA’s short-term mission trips.
Ministry Training Coordinator, Justice & Mercy AmazonEmail: [email protected]
Lucas Teles serves as the Ministry Training Coordinator for Justice & Mercy Amazon. He was born in Manaus, Amazon in Brazil. Previously, Lucas attended Law School and earned his Law degree. Later on, God called him to move to Dallas to attend a Bible College, Christ For The Nations, for 4 years. There, he earned his degree in Evangelism and Pastoral Ministry. He recently moved from Dallas back to Brazil. Lucas is such a people person–he loves meeting new people and learning new things. He has a heart for encouraging, inspiring and empowering people around him. He loves to see people accept Jesus for the first time in their lives and watch their transformation. Lucas is excited to put his passions and skills to good use by working to advance the Kingdom of God in the Amazon.
Mission Trip Coordinator, Justice & Mercy Amazon
Email: [email protected]
Néia works hard coordinating all of our trips to the Amazon for both American and Brazilian teams. She has an extensive background in missions and JMA is thankful to have her on our team!