The BCM Team
Bob Sanders has been serving the poor of Mexico since 1984 when he led groups from Azusa Pacific University on short-term outreaches. In September 1991, he founded Baja Christian Ministries. Bob is an evangelist and a visionary. His commission is to build up and equip God's people for works of service among the poor (Eph. 4: 11-12). His passion is to stir many into love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25), and to build a network of partners--a vanguard army--to reach Baja communities simultaneously for Jesus Christ. Isaiah 58 has been a scripture dear to Bob's heart. This, Acts 20:20, and 2 Cor 1:10-11 are the foundation of this Ministry. Bob believes, "The poor have few earthly advocates, and believes the body of Christ, must be their voice and serve them through Christ's love," He sees his main role as sharing the vision of Baja Christian Ministries with groups and individuals throughout the United States and the world and networking partners. Part of that function is raising funds, provide oversight, networking partners, relationship building, Hebrews 10:24-25 communication, building in the multiplier and doing the work of evangelism in the communities amongst the US and Mexican groups. He is joined in this ministry with his wife, Janet, and four children: Rebekah, Joshua, Timothy, and Joseph and three grandchildren.
Cheryl faithfully serves as BCM's Director of operations and is the backbone of the daily ministry operations since 1992. Cheryl does a lot of everything! She schedules the team outreaches and coordinates the myriad of details necessary for U.S., Mexico, and Canadian groups serving in Mexico and so much more. Her steadiness, persistence, and solid commitment to her God-given role brings a great stabilizing effect to the ministry. She is ready to help make your ministry experience the most efficient and rewarding. She is a great blessing to this ministry! She has three grown children and two grandchildren. Her family resides in Chino Hills, California.
Pastor Hector Rubio
Hector Rubio is the BCM Mexico Field Construction overseer. Originally a recipient of one of the homes built through BCM in 1993, Hector has become a wise, diligent, organized, tireless and dedicated leader. He coordinates all of the BCM construction preparation in Mexico along with Cheryl Walker, and leads many house building groups. Hector is soft-spoken, but has a great deal of wisdom and insight in structuring effective ministry in Mexico. Hector is a master group leader. With excellence he has trained many group leaders. He is quite skilled at applying enough pressure and enough confidence and encouragement in the groups he leads to build beautiful homes in a timely manner. Hector has also become an effective evangelist and often travels outside of the Tijuana area on extended outreaches to penetrate Baja with the gospel. Hector, his wife Lorena, five children, and five grandchildren live in the community of Pipilia.
David is a long time friend of Bob Sanders and has been with BCM since April 2007, David is the Director of the Purple Book Discipleship Program. His passion is to make the Bible and learning tools such as the Purple Book available to anyone who wants to learn and grow from what God is saying to us through his inspired word, the Bible.
Pastor Feliciano Carrasco
Feliciano is a pastor along with his wife who is also an ordained pastor, and they together oversee two churches, one is called "CENTRO MISIONERO MISERICORDIA #1" in the community of Terrazas Del Valle with a regular attendance of 120 members, and the other is "C.M.M #2" which was just founded a couple of months ago in the community of Santa Cruz with an attendance of 35 members. Feliciano has been overseeing Region #3 which is in the north/east part of the city of Tijuana for the past four years. He and his wife are involved in various forms of service to the community, they have a kitchen at their larger church where they provide b/fast to the children of that community on a semi-regular weekly basis depending on funds available, they also asses and help to place individuals with alcohol and drug addiction problems in rehab centers, they minister to battered wives and help with placement at half-way homes for them and their children, Feliciano is also employed at a construction firm and is a soils compaction inspector. When Feliciano was first hired it was agreed that because of his very busy schedule he would be on a probation type employment position to see if he could keep up with all that is involved in the signing up and follow up of groups into the PB discipleship program. He has more than proven himself in these past four years by keeping up with all that is required of him in regards to his employment with BCM as a Regional Director, and many of the photos taken of groups while they are studying have come from the region he oversees.
Pastor Niko Rodriguez
Niko is a pastor and the name of his church is MONTAÑA DE JIREH" with a regular attendance of 45 to 50 members, they live in the community of ROJO GOMEZ which is in the eastern part of Tijuana, he is responsible for Region #1, which is the area where most of the BCM houses and churches have been built in the past five years since he started working full time with us. Niko is generally the one P.B. Reg/Dir who goes out to evangelize alongside Ramon Chavez, and start new PB groups with the house build teams. Since most of the building is done in the region he oversees, Niko is very busy on weekends with the build teams, and also takes many of the photos that have been posted in the past of people receiving Bibles and Purple Books. Niko and his wife Griselda are also involved in ministering to single mothers, by helping them with a weekly larder and also with counseling in their ministry called "Servidores por Cristo"
Paul (Pablito) Anschuetz
Serving as a school teacher in San Diego county Paul came down as a member of a house building team from his church. He was impacted dramatically and started to serve as a volunteer house building contractor and group leader on a weekly basis. As of June 2008 he was hired full time as a construction group leader and a whole lot more. We are still in the process of raising his monthly support. "Constantly amazed at his Father’s blessing in giving such a rich occupation, Paul is quick to love (John13:35), joke, smile, and cry. His joy is meeting new brothers and sisters that he will know forever and serving the poor in Baja, Mexico. Christ is made known, and he loves to be a small part of that! What a great God we serve! Paul also occasionally preaches in the churches around Tijuana.
Pastor Vicente Morales
Vicente is the pastor of "TODOS DEBEN DE SABER QUIEN ES JESUCRISTO" a church located in central Tijuana, with a regular attendance of 130 members, he oversees Region #5 which encompasses north/west Tijiuana and he does so on a voluntary basis with only communication equipment provided for him. Vicente is a very busy individual, who I believe has a tremendous God given gift of being able to not only inspire many to service but also in delegating responsibilities to ensure that the things he is impassioned to do for God in the city of Tijuana get done... He currently holds the office of President of the Pastors Evangelical Association/Alliance of Tijuana, which has a membership of approximately 1,900 pastors of which 490 regularly attend the meetings. His organization is involved in many types of service to the poor and marginalized in many areas of Tijuana and his church building is a type of commissary where foods and other types of goods flow through to be distributed, to the many poor in Tijuana: at landfills/dumps, in the canals where many of the homeless live, at rest homes, in rehab centers, and halfway homes etc.... He is also responsible for placing and maintaining a large sign on the tallest hill in Tijuana which reads: JESUCRISTO ES EL SEÑOR, each letter is approx 100 feet long and this sign has to be cleared of shrubs and painted once or twice a year, since it is placed right on the sloping ground of the hill. This sign can be read from most parts of western Tijuana. Vicente was also a member of Gideons International for 26 years and held the post of president for 8 years in the Northern Baja Region..... Bob and I have known Vicente for over twenty years and know him to be a man with a strong desire and passion to serve, and to reach as many as possible for our Lord Jesus Christ, in the city of Tijuana.
Pastor Ramon Chavez
Ramon Chavez is a passionate evangelist who is zealous to see lives come into relationship with Jesus Christ and be discipled. Ramon serves on our BCM evangelism tag team helping our BCM team members communicate the gospel in the neighborhoods we work in. Our tag team works house to house and in open air meetings (Acts 20:20) to share testimonies, proclaim the gospel, lead people to Jesus, invite them to start Bible and Purple Books groups to study the Bible. Ramon and Lupe have been a great blessing to BCM and to many on both sides of the border.
Jonathan Wickham has served as a volunteer house build leader for BCM for many years. He has led close to 200 house builds. Jonathan lives in northern San Diego County, is married to Alisha with children. By occupation he serves as school teacher. Jonathan and Alisha have been a huge blessing to BCM and to many on both sides of the border.
Eduardo Meza Mayoral
Eduardo has been the Regional Director for Rosarito and south western Tijuana Region #6, since January of 2010, and although he is not a pastor of a church he is an ordained minister nonetheless, and he and his wife Yadira have a ministry of clowns called “ EVANGELION & LA LIGA DE LA FE” in English its name is something like Evangelizer & The League of Faith, there are two other members in their troupe and they minister at orphanages and outdoor events by bringing the message of salvation with fun -filled skits designed to engage their young audiences, along with an invitation at the conclusion of each of their performances to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Although we had distributed Bibles and Purple Books at the Federal prison in El Hongo in the past through the pastors who had permission to go in and minister to the inmates there, Eduardo is responsible for getting BCM staff into this Federal Penitentiary located a half hour east of Tecate. Many groups have graduated at this prison, and BCM has the privilege of hosting two graduation celebrations at this facility complete with the presentation of a diploma to each graduating inmate, and providing a delicious meal and a hygiene kit to each graduate of the Purple Book. Eduardo and his wife also run a small house cleaning business of which they are its only two employees, and twice a week in the mornings they work together cleaning houses.
Pastor Samuel Leyva
Samuel is Pastor of “IGLESIA DE DIOS” with a regular attendance of 80 souls He oversees region #4 which encompasses the city of Tecate and south to Valle De Las Palmas. Samuel was first hired in July of 2009 and resigned his post on January 2010 through mutual agreement and in good standing, he voluntarily continued to do the follow up, and report to BCM on the progress of the groups he had signed up. He was hired again in March of 2012 and introduced us to Ricardo Figueroa who is now the Regional Director in Mexicali. Samuel and his wife recently started a breakfast ministry to the poor children of their community and twice a month they provide a healthy breakfast to approximately 15 children, and this will grow, he says, as it is promoted through word of mouth and as more funds become available to them. Samuel is also on the administrative council in the denomination he belongs to, which is called “ IGLESIA DE DIOS EN MEXICO EVANGELIO COMPLETO” or Complete Gospel Church of God in Mexico. This has served to promote the Discipleship Program East and South of Tecate among the many pastors he is in contact with in northern Baja.
Pastor Martin Olvera
Martin has been the director of region #2 in Ensenada since the middle of April of this year. He has been very active signing and following up on groups, and since he started he has helped to distribute during his training phase along with Eduardo or Samuel 5,000 Bibles and Purple Books among 94 groups. Martin is the pastor of “MONTE SION” a church which belongs to the same denomination as Pastor Samuel who also introduced us to Martin, the attendance at his church is 50 to 70 people….. Martin is involved in bringing the gospel to rehab centers as well as street evangelism.
Pastor Ricardo Figueroa
Ricardo was hired in the middle of March of this year and has also been very busy signing up groups in the city of Mexicali region #7, 140 groups have been started there, with over 5,000 Bibles and Purple Books distributed since he began working with us. Ricardo is pastor of a church in Mexicali with the same name as Samuel’s church in Tecate, and has an attendance of 80 to 100 congregants, he is also involved along with his wife in providing breakfast to the poor children of their community and they are in the process of opening a children’s half way house. They are also involved in reaching out to men and women of their community who have alcohol and drug addiction problems by assessing their situation and providing counseling and helping to place them in rehab centers