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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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!

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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