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BRETT & LIA LAMBERTH

The Lamberths have been serving in Guatemala since December 2012. Brett is tasked with providing both general direction to Chosen People and theological education to pastoral leaders. Lia’s role with Chosen People is to preserve the organization’s integrity by making sure it stays on a lawful and ethical course and secures long-term growth by overseeing all training, talent acquisition, and career development activities.

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GEOVANI & MIMI GAROZ

Geovani grew up catholic and came to Christ at 21 years old. He has served as a missionary/translator for almost 20 years and has worked with more than 200 missions teams from many different ministries, including Medical Missions Ministry and BPI (Business Partners International), both out of Atlanta, GA. He has been tasked with the administration and financial direction of Chosen People.

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JEREMY & PATTY ISRAEL

Jeremy Israel has been a full-time missionary since August 8, 1998. In that time, he has worked in 11 different countries over three continents. Jeremy has helped start seven different new ministries from the ground up to self-sufficient. He is proficient in clean water projects, including water well drilling, bio-sand filtration, and natural water source captivation. Jeremy is directing our AguaGuate ministry that provides clean water projects to underserved communities in Guatemala. He is married to his beautiful wife, Patty, who works in the public sector of Guatemala. She currently holds a position as a legal advisor to the Guatemala social security system’s executive board. While the monetary rewards are not great, Patty finds satisfaction knowing she is helping the nation of Guatemala from the inside out.

JHON FLORES

Originally from Perú, Jhon has served in various youth and pastoral ministries. He has his Licensure and Masters in Theology from Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA). He has dedicated his time and passion to the training of leaders with Chosen People International. Jhon has been tasked with providing direction of our Pastoral Training Program.

RAMIRO & SHIRLEY RIVAS

Ramiro accepted Jesus Christ in 2000 and pastored for one year in Peronia and 3 years in Canalitos. He is currently pastoring El Refugio church in Zone 17 of Guatemala City. He has a Profesorado in Biblical Studies from Instituto Bíblico Monte Basán. Ramiro was the first Latin american trainer for our Pastoral Training Program.

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JOSÉ & ARELI PÉREZ

The Perez family are long-term missionaries serving the Lord in Guatemala since 2017. Jose is tasked with providing direction of our Church Partnerships Program, helping to facilitate partnerships between the global church and the local church for greater advance of the Kingdom of God in local communities. Areli’s role with Chosen People is to coordinate community development projects that adapt to the specific situation of each partnership, as well as strengthening relationships with the female leadership of the local church through counseling, mentoring and discipleship. 

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EDGAR & BRILEY CASTRO

Edgar was born and raised in Guatemala. He graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2016 with a B.A. in Business Administration. Edgar moved back to Guatemala and began working with Chosen People soon after. He has served in Chosen People’s well-drilling ministry and, recently, transitioned to their Strategic Church Partnership team. Briley is originally from Illinois and graduated with her B.S. in Counseling and Bible and Theology at Johnson University in 2019. Edgar and Briley met in Guatemala while serving on a mission trip and got married in May of 2018. Currently, they are serving with Chosen People International full time in Guatemala.

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RAFAEL & JOSIE BELLO

Rafael and Josie have three kids, Clara, Natalia, and Thomas. Rafael earned his M.Div and Ph.D from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. They will be serving in São José Dos Campos, Brazil. Rafael will be involved in theological education through Fiel Publishing House while working with a network of seminaries. Rafael and Josie are members of Third Avenue Baptist Church and are in the final stages of preparing for their move to Brazil.
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NATE & ERIN BRADY

Shortly after arriving to Guatemala the Brady’s began to see the need for pastors and leaders to receive formal theological training. Because of this need they were tasked with beginning the pastoral training initiative of Chosen People. Even with numerous seminaries in Guatemala there are large numbers of pastors and leaders who cannot attend seminary. Their goal is to reach this group of pastors by taking theological education to them.

The foundational belief of their ministry is that God’s primary method of being glorified is by making Himself known and being the joy of His people. The Church is the primary vehicle by which this is accomplished. They desire to see that church in Guatemala rise up for this purpose. You can read more about the Brady’s ministry here.