Before join the board with City Gates Ministries in 2019, Ed served as project manager on several City Gates mobile home renovation projects. He loves the enthusiasm and generosity of the local faith community in contributing to this work, and the incredible impact this has on the lives of individuals and families who may otherwise be without stable housing. As a board member, Ed’s appreciation has grown for the unique role City Gates has in bringing local church, business and municipal resources to the many needs in our community, always with a “hand up” rather than “hand out” approach.
Ed has a Masters of Divinity degree and served in pastoral ministry from 1989-1994 in the Chicago area. He joined State Farm Insurance in 1995, and is now an Estimatics Section Manager with responsibility for 10 states in the Northwest, Mountain States and Upper Midwest regions. Since 2008, Ed has been an active member of Olympia Christian Reformed Church in a variety of leadership and ministry roles.
Ed and his wife Dona, a special need preschool teacher with Olympia City Schools have two sons, Justin and Kevin, and one daughter, Erin. Justin and his wife Liz and given them a beautiful granddaughter, Nora, and are expecting a grandson, Isaac, in May.
I was born in Baltimore Maryland but being the son of a marine we moved frequently. Spent most my formative years in Southern California and became a believer in Jesus in the mid-1960s. I attended Christian Heritage College and was blessed to serve in the Jesus movement in Urban Coffee House Ministries in the San Diego area for a few years. After being ordained as a Southern Baptist pastor and serving in a bivocational capacity planting churches.
After moving to Washington I served in local government and have been involved with Baptists since 1997. I currently serve in the ministry of executive administration at Westwood Baptist Church.
Carlos Mejia Rodriguez was born in Honduras and graduated as Family Physician at Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala and was incorporated to practice in Honduras by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras where practiced for 17 years in the private and public sector as Emergency Room and Labor and Deliveries (LDR) doctor. His focus as a professional have been providing quality health services to children and families, disadvantaged groups such as indigenous, refugees and migrants, miners, farmworkers, rural, and low income neighborhoods.
Dr. Carlos moved to USA in 2002 invited as an adviser to the board of Shelbyville Free Clinic. In Shelbyville Carlos supervised the Healthy Families program to prevent child abuse and neglect and brought Fatherhood Initiatives and prenatal Education to the Family Development Center to help families and children to thrive connecting them to resources in the community including clinical care.
In 2009 Carlos working for the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) who advance quality of care for more than 27 Community Health Centers with over 320 clinics, managed and developed a network of community health centers and community based organizations to work in tobacco prevention statewide focusing on policy and system change and using technology and evidence based approaches to tackle tobacco use.
Carlos also worked for the Washington State Department of Health developing a hybrid training system for Community Health Workers consisting of an initial 8 weeks curriculum with in-presence and on-line trainings and followed by multiple disease specific provided to the safety net across the state. Actually Carlos works for Molina Healthcare in Community Engagement, also as Medical Officer of Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrant and Refugees providing support, education, and creating partnerships and collaborations to multiple Community Health Centers and their staff.
Additionally, Carlos brings capacity building to the community by providing his knowledge, skills, education, and experience to community based organizations and government as board member for Family Education and Support Services, City Gates Ministries, Co-Chair of Foundations for Multicultural Solutions- El Camino, member of the Thurston County Public Health Nurse Family Partnership Community Advisory Board, and as a member of Washington Health Benefit Exchange Health Equity Technical Advisory Committee.
Rick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and twenty-five years of experience working in the fields of budgeting, accounting and financial management. He has been a tax preparer for H&R Block for 30 tax seasons. He is currently work in the Church Finance Office for his church, Church of Living Water, a ministry he has had for the past two years.
Rick is well versed in church and non-profit financial policy and tax law. His desire is to use his skills to serve his church and his community for the good of the people and God’s glory.
Reach out to our friends through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Using donations as tool, we aim to bring a sense of hope, build long lasting relationships and stabilize those struggling with poverty and hardships
Empower people to become self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities
When we work together we can offer a more rounded and holistic approach to peoples’ needs. Our ultimate goal is to bring people into the fellowship of the Body of Christ and a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We have developed a series of ministries to facilitate this goal. We believe that everyone is called to health, happiness, and wholeness. In the hope found only in the message of Jesus Christ, many find encouragement, purpose and strength to believe in their destiny and as a result are able to put their broken lives back together.
We love them with the love of Jesus and, in so doing, preach a powerful Gospel message. We meet people at their point of need, and attempt to love and serve each one of them. We also believe that this is one of the greatest missions of the church and it is our desire that the churches work in unity to accomplish this great mission.
We believe intercessory prayer is vital for this ministry as we tackle very challenging problems. As we have developed it, there is a spot for everyone in this type of ministry. No contribution is too small or insignificant.