Our Team

Jeff Chadwick

Executive Director

Jeff answered God’s call and began serving as Executive Director in April, 2016. He is responsible for providing the overall leadership, guidance, and vision for the organization. He is also the main point of contact and liaison between MCH and various ministry and business partners and churches.  Prior to entering full-time ministry in 2003, Jeff worked for over 20 years as a petroleum engineer in various staff, management, and executive leadership positions. Since that time he has served in various pastoral positions relating to missions, outreach, administration, discipleship and preaching.  Prior to joining MCH Jeff and Cheryl served as the pastoral couple of a church they planted in 2011 in the inner city of Richmond, Virginia.  Since 2006 Jeff has also coordinated and led numerous mission trips to Nicaragua to help train church leaders, meet physical needs and plant churches.  He continues this work today.  His combination of organizational management, leadership, pastoral ministry and mission experience provides Jeff with an ideal background for serving as the Executive Director of MCH.  Jeff has an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University and a M.A. in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Cheryl Chadwick

Director of Missionary Training, Kids, and Volunteer Ministries

Cheryl has served as Director of Children’s Ministries in various churches for more than 20 years and also with the SBC of Virginia. She enjoys sharing the love of Jesus with the children in our communities and also with her three grandchildren. Cheryl is very grateful and humbled to be a part of this ministry that has transformed lives for over decades in the inner city of Houston. In her position at MCH she helps Jeff with the overall management of MCH, with particular responsibilities to oversee and coordinate volunteer engagement, direct the children’s ministry programs, and to coordinate and supervise MCH’s summer missionary and intern programs.

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Jeff Chadwick

Executive Director

Jeff answered God’s call and began serving as Executive Director in April, 2016. He is responsible for providing the overall leadership, guidance, and vision for the organization. He is also the main point of contact and liaison between MCH and various ministry and business partners and churches.  Prior to entering full-time ministry in 2003, Jeff worked for over 20 years as a petroleum engineer in various staff, management, and executive leadership positions. Since that time he has served in various pastoral positions relating to missions, outreach, administration, discipleship and preaching.  Prior to joining MCH Jeff and Cheryl served as the pastoral couple of a church they planted in 2011 in the inner city of Richmond, Virginia.  Since 2006 Jeff has also coordinated and led numerous mission trips to Nicaragua to help train church leaders, meet physical needs and plant churches.  He continues this work today.  His combination of organizational management, leadership, pastoral ministry and mission experience provides Jeff with an ideal background for serving as the Executive Director of MCH.  Jeff has an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University and a M.A. in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Cheryl Chadwick

Director of Missionary Training, Kids, and Volunteer Ministries

Cheryl has served as Director of Children’s Ministries in various churches for more than 20 years and also with the SBC of Virginia. She enjoys sharing the love of Jesus with the children in our communities and also with her three grandchildren. Cheryl is very grateful and humbled to be a part of this ministry that has transformed lives for over decades in the inner city of Houston. In her position at MCH she helps Jeff with the overall management of MCH, with particular responsibilities to oversee and coordinate volunteer engagement, direct the children’s ministry programs, and to coordinate and supervise MCH’s summer missionary and intern programs.

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Greater East End (Joy Mission Center)

Noe Ortiz

Area Missionary, Greater East End

Noe is a native Houstonian who first started working with Mission Centers of Houston in 2001 as a summer missionary. In 2003, he met his wife Vanessa as they co-labored working at the Fletcher Mission Center. Noe and Vanessa returned from 2009-2014 to serve, live, and raise their growing family at the Fletcher Center. In 2017 God called the Ortiz family back to Mission Centers to serve in Houston’s Greater East End and the Joy Mission Center. Noe enjoys basketball, hip-hop, and discipling youth.

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Vanessa Ortiz

Director, Joy Mission Center

Vanessa first started working with Mission Centers of Houston in 2003 as a summer missionary, where she met her husband, Noe, and became passionate about sharing the gospel. She and her husband came back to Mission Centers from 2009 to 2014 to serve, live, and raise their growing family at the Fletcher Center. In 2017 God called Vanessa, Noe, and their family back to Mission Centers to serve in Houston’s Greater East End and the Joy Mission Center.

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Monse Rivas

Monse Rivas

Community Ministry Assistant

Monse lived in Magnolia Park, where Joy Mission Center is located, for 15 years. Years ago she came to understand Christ’s love for her while she was involved in the ministries at Joy. She has served as a volunteer to the community for over a year, and now, by God’s grace, she is a part of the Mission Centers of Houston family! Monse and her husband Alex have 5 children and also operate a catering business.

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Noe Ortiz

Area Missionary, Greater East End

Noe is a native Houstonian who first started working with Mission Centers of Houston in 2001 as a summer missionary. In 2003, he met his wife Vanessa as they co-labored working at the Fletcher Mission Center. Noe and Vanessa returned from 2009-2014 to serve, live, and raise their growing family at the Fletcher Center. In 2017 God called the Ortiz family back to Mission Centers to serve in Houston’s Greater East End and the Joy Mission Center. Noe enjoys basketball, hip-hop, and discipling youth.

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Vanessa Ortiz

Director, Joy Mission Center

Vanessa first started working with Mission Centers of Houston in 2003 as a summer missionary, where she met her husband, Noe, and became passionate about sharing the gospel. She and her husband came back to Mission Centers from 2009 to 2014 to serve, live, and raise their growing family at the Fletcher Center. In 2017 God has called Vanessa, Noe, and their family back to Mission Centers to serve in Houston’s Greater East End and the Joy Mission Center.

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Monse Rivas

Monse Rivas

Community Ministry Assistant

Monse lived in Magnolia Park, where Joy Mission Center is located, for 15 years. Years ago she came to understand Christ’s love for her while she was involved in the ministries at Joy. She has served as a volunteer to the community for over a year, and now, by God’s grace, she is a part of the Mission Centers of Houston family! Monse and her husband Alex have 5 children and also operate a catering business.

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Greater Northside (Gano Mission Center)

Juan Ayala

Area Missionary, Greater Northside

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Lucia Ayala

Director, Gano Mission Center

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Juan and Lucia Ayala are new to Mission Centers of Houston. Juan is our area missionary to the greater northside, and Lucia is Gano Mission Center’s new director. Juan and Lucia have been married for more than twenty-four years. This year in July they will be celebrating their twenty fifth wedding anniversary. Juan and Lucia have two wonderful daughters Maribel and Monica. Juan and Lucia also serve at House of Grace Church, located in the north line area of Houston, as the pastoral couple for over three years. Overall, Juan and Lucia have been serving in pastoral ministry since 2001. They are very excited to be joining the Mission Centers team and what God will continue to do in the greater northside. The essence of their ministry will be feeding the needs of others both physical and spiritual, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone and help believers grow in their knowledge and walk with God.

Juan Ayala

Area Missionary, Greater Northside

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Since 2001 Juan and Lucia have served in various pastoral ministry roles, most recently as the pastoral couple for Iglesia Bautista Grace in the Northside community.  In 2018 Juan joined MCH full time as a Northeast Houston Restoration team member to help assess and meet the rebuilding needs of those still affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Then in early 2019 God called Juan and Lucia both to begin serving the Greater Northside area as Area Missionary and Gano Mission Center Director for MCH. The essence of Juan and Lucia’s  ministry is meeting the needs of others both physically and spiritually, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, and helping believers grow in their knowledge and walk with Jesus Christ.

Lucia Ayala

Director, Gano Mission Center

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Support Staff

Alyssa Carter

Alyssa Carter

Executive Assistant

Alyssa joined Mission Centers of Houston June 2018. Prior to Mission Centers of Houston, Alyssa worked for Cigna as a Health Educator for the City of Houston. Although she grew up in Houston, it was while working at the City of Houston God gave her a heart for this city and called her into full time ministry. She is passionate about God’s children and using her gifts to make Christ’s Kingdom known. She is currently working on her Masters in Christian Ministry at Truett Seminary.

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Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz

Bookkeeper (Contractual)

Susan’s career encompasses the banking industry, accounting work, and managing portfolios for numerous companies and non-profit organizations.  She has also been (and continues to be) very active in the leadership of numerous civic organizations in Houston.  Susan has volunteered at MCH for many years with her husband, including helping with fundraising activities. Susan joined the MCH team in 2018.

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Brandon Touchstone

Brandon Touchstone

Director of Food & Hunger Ministries

Prior to 2016 Brandon served as a City Missionary under Texas Baptist missions, where he used his servant’s heart and skills as a chef to help the people of Houston. He not only provided Houstonians food physically but fed them spiritually. He joined MCH in 2019 as Director of Food & Hunger Ministries to help MCH meet the rapidly growing hunger and food-related needs experienced through MCH. In addition to running his own catering business Brandon now serves at MCH as a support to all locations for the feeding, organization and distribution of food for all of our programs.  He graduated from Texas State technical college with a culinary arts degree. He is restaurant manager certified with 10 years of restaurant managing experience.

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Elizabeth Blessing

Elizabeth Blessing

Development & Communications VISTA

Elizabeth started working at Mission Centers of Houston (MCH) in January 2020 through the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Program. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Houston in December 2019 with a degree in Education and Mathematics. Upon finishing college Elizabeth was unsure of what she wanted to do but felt called to a life of service, this led her to MCH. She enjoys working out and played rugby in college. Elizabeth wants to pursue a career in the non-profit sector.

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Dominque Burse

Dominque Burse

Volunteer & Service Provider Partnerships VISTA

Dominique joined Mission Centers of Houston in January of 2020 through the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). She once served as a summer missionary in 2019 and is now on staff at Mission Centers. Prior to becoming a staff member, she lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as a full-time student at the University of Southern Mississippi. As a student she was majoring in Social Work, and now being the Volunteer Coordinator, she is getting more experience. Coming back as a staff member instead of a missionary is an exciting new journey for her. Dominique’s passion is to encourage others in their faith and wanting to see people come to salvation.

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Johari Reynolds

Johari Reynolds

Corporate & Business Partnership VISTA

Johari joined Mission Centers of Houston January 2020 through the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Prior to Mission Centers of Houston, Johari was a college student until December 2019 when she received two bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Sociology. She is passionate about helping people in need. Johari also enjoys playing the cello and going to the park in her free time. Now Johari is a M.S. Sociology Candidate with an Emphasis in Education at Grand Canyon University.

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