Our Team

For the body is not one member, but many.”  1 Corinthians 12:14

You’ve got to meet our AMAZING team of staff volunteers and missionaries from Brazil, Colombia, and the United States!

Our Team

THOMAS AND JENNIFER ATWATER (Wisconsin, USA)
FOUNDERS OF 911 LIFE MINISTRIES

In 1995, Tom and Jen were college students headed to Colombia to teach English as a second language in a small school in Cartagena. While they were strolling the cobble-stoned streets of the old city one evening, they saw a paper bag up ahead. As they approached it, ready to kick it out of their way, they saw to their horror that there was actually a young child sleeping inside!

They evaluated their options. Should they take him to their hacienda for the night? Would that possibly be even worse for him, knowing the comforts of a soft bed for one night? What else could they possibly do to help? SOMEONE had to help this child! Finally, understanding that there was nothing permanent they could do to help this child, nor the countless other street children they had seen begging on the streets during the day, they carefully tucked some money underneath him, said a prayer for his safety, and continued on their way, forever impacted by this experience.

In 2011, 16 years after the seed was sown in their hearts, Tom and Jen moved their young family to Medellin, Colombia, to serve as Directors of a center for at-risk children and families in Medellin. During the 7 years that they served as directors of the center, God was building a larger vision not only for the care of at-risk children and families, but also for the training and equipping of believers worldwide.  In 2018, they followed God’s leading and founded 911 Life Ministries.

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SANTIAGO ABRAHAM (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)

MEDIA DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEER

Santi has been volunteering with 911 Life for several months. He leads our Media Department, and also serves as a translator. He is studying Italian in preparation to attend a missions school in Italy. Santi loves serving God and others, especially with the gifts and talents God has given him.

CAROLINA ALZATE (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)

TEAM LOGISTICS ASSISTANT

Carolina has been volunteering with us for several years, both in the foundation we directed for 7 years, and also in 911 Life. She is a 3rd year graduate of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, CA. Carolina's misssionary heart takes her to many countries around the world, leading teams and sharing the Gospel with the lost. She currently helps run our Mission Teams, and we are SO happy to have her!

ALEX ATWATER (COLOMBIA / USA)

WORSHIP / YOUTH CENTER / MAINTENANCE

Alex is the eldest of the four Atwater children. A gifted musician and worship leader, he enjoys playing multiple instruments and singing. Alex has a heart for the things of God, and has really enjoyed serving with 911 Life ever since its foundation in 2018. Alex currently leads worship, translates for teams, and helps to lead events. He also loves working out and spends hours daily at the gym, but that is another story. 🙂 We are SO happy to have him as a volunteer with 911 Life!

EMILY BARACY (MICHIGAN, USA)

COORDINATOR OF ENGLISH PROGRAM

A friend of our family for years, Emily has been volunteering with 911 Life whenever she's in Colombia (she currently lives in the United States) since early 2019. Emily's main job is teaching English online to Asian students. Last year, she used this talent to create a brand-new multi-level English curriculum for 911 Life's children, adolescents, women, and staff! She currently teaches most of our classes, and manages the project remotely when she is in the USA.

PAULA CARDONA (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)

PROJECT COORDINATOR

We are thrilled beyond belief to have Paula with us at 911 Life! She is not only a licensed Psychologist, but also an extremely gifted administrator and project coordinator. Paula worked with us as a Psychologist at the foundation we formerly directed, and she is now the ‘go-to’ person for all of our programs. Paula is an incredibly hard worker, has a missionary heart, and is doing an amazing job of helping to organize everything we do here at 911 Life!

JHOAN GIRALDO (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)

ACCOUNTANT

Jhoan joined 911 Life in August 2019 as our new accountant! He came to us in a most unusual way...he felt God pressing him to quit his job in order to volunteer at 911 Life. Within weeks he became so necessary that we had to hire him! Jhoan has a missionary heart, and is always ready to lend a helping hand in whatever capacity he might be needed. When he's not working, Jhoan loves to read, travel, and hang out with friends. We are THRILLED to have him with us at 911 Life!

DAYANA COLORADO RINCON (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)

LIDER DE CENTRO DE ACOMPAÑAMIENTO

Dayana has been an amazing volunteer with 911 Life for several years, first with our English program (she lived in New York for 4 years!) and now leading our Youth Center. The kids in the program love her creativity, enthusiasm, and her wonderful personality! We love her for this and so much more, and are thrilled to have her leading this program!

MARCELA LONDOÑO (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Marcela and Jonathan are married, and are an amazing couple! Marcela is one of the hardest-working people we know, and is an EXTREMELY capable Administrative Assistant! We are THRILLED to have them with us at 911 Life!

JONATHAN SANCHEZ (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)

911 WORSHIP COORDINATOR / YOUTH CENTER ASSISTANT

Jonathan and Marcela are an amazing couple! Jonathan is an incredibly gifted worship musician who plays mutliple instruments, sings, and records music! He is currently in charge of the Worship Room, runs our music program, and serves in our Youth Center full-time. We are THRILLED to have them with us at 911 Life!

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