J.D. Reed, M.Div.
J.D. grew up in the rural community of Webster Springs, West Virginia. Upon graduating from High School he attended West Virginia University Tech and earned a B.S. in Biology. Feeling called to ministry while in college he continued his education at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary). He served three different congregations in West Virginia as an associate pastor over fifteen years before he and his wife were commissioned as Global Servants with American Baptist International Ministries in 2012 to begin working in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In October 2014, J.D. assumed the position of Executive Director of the House of Hope and has been actively serving in that position since then. He is currently working toward a Doctorate in Contextual Ministry at Northern Seminary in Chicago, IL.
Rhonda Reed, B.S.N.
Rhonda grew up in Gassaway, West Virginia, and felt called to cross-cultural service while in High School. After graduating from Braxton County High School, she went to Fairmont State College to earn her R.N. and Marshall University for her B.S.N. degrees. She worked as a nurse in hospitals, but spent most of her professional nursing career as a hospice nurse for almost 15 years. Currently, she is studying at Cedarville University to obtain a Masters in Global Public Health Nursing.
Carmen Flores Choque
Carmen has been a part of the House of Hope since its earliest days in different roles. In many ways, she is a product of the ministry. Originally from the rural community of K'hopari in the department of Potosi, Carmen came to Cochabamba at the age of 15 to work as a maid and over time got involved with the House of Hope through its founders. Now she is the director and will graduate at the end of the year with her degree in Psychology. She and Richard have three daughters, Liezbeth (18), Camila (8), and Valentina (6).
Richard Achu Mamani
Richard hasn't been a part of the House of Hope family as long as Carmen, but he is a huge part of the work that we do. Originally from a small town in the La Paz department, he worked with his dad on his potato farm as a young man until he went into the military. He served in Bolivia and Argentina and after he returned he met Carmen. In time, they fell in love and were married. Before Richard was an active part of the House of Hope he had many jobs like taxi driver, cell phone salesman, repairman and more. Currently, Richard is in charge of identifying new work projects and helping us organize volunteer teams when they visit. He is studying english and is thinking about starting Business classes soon.