Meet our NLAI Missionaries

  • Kendon & Wendy Wheeler

    Kendon: President, NLAI

    Wendy: Director, NLCH

    Kendon and Wendy joined NLAI and moved to Guatemala in January 1988. They are from West Texas (Wendy-Brownfield and Kendon-Southland). Kendon graduated from Texas Tech University, receiving a BS in Agronomy in 1980 and an MS in Education in 1986. Wendy graduated from Baylor University with a BS in Nursing in 1981. The Wheelers have four sons: Jared (Rachel), Brett (Ashley), Micah (Laura) and Ian, as well as four grandchildren.


    Email Kendon (kwheeler@nlai.org) or Wendy (wwheeler@nlai.org)

    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (Jan 2018)

  • Tara Goodloe Fuentes

    Teacher at New Life Christian School

    Tara has been with with NLAI since 2019 and serves as an English teacher at New Life Christian School for pre-kindergarten through 4th grade. She is passionate about giving the kids an opportunity to learn English and a better paying job in the future.  Her husband William, a Guatemalan national, is a small business owner who works with coffee as a way to provide jobs and disciple to young adults, as well as works for a mission organization as a Mentor Coordinator.

    In addition, Tara and William also serve as mentors for 2 of our kids at NLCH.

    Email Tara (tgoodloe@nlai.org)

    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (Nov 2018)

  • Lee & Staci Jarvis

    NLCH Director of Facilities and Team Projects

    Lee and Staci joined NLAI and moved to Guatemala in 2007.  Lee graduated from West Texas A&M University with a BS in Biology and a MS in Biology.  Staci graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Management.  Lee serves as the Sub-Director and oversees maintenance, security, the teenage work program, and serves on the discipline committee.  Staci is the CEO (chief education officer) of the Jarvis household, serves in leadership in a missionary family homeschool co-op, and helps with special projects like Christmas at NLCH.  They have three kids: Canon, Ainslee, and Karis.


    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (March 2018)

  • Jasper & Latrica Jowers

    Jasper: NLCH Special Projects Coordinator

    Jasper & Latrica Jowers served at NLCH in Guatemala from 2018 to 2020. They currently live in Lubbock, Texas, and Jasper visits regularly to oversee special projects.  They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

    Email Jasper (jjowers@nlai.org

    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (Dec 2018)

  • Rob & Kristy Mehner

    Rob: Director of Pastoral Care & Missionary Training, NLCH Intern Coordinator

    Kristy: NLCH Short Term Missions Coordinator and Child Sponsor Coordinator

    Rob & Kristy Mehner began serving at NLCH in 2017. They are from Cape Girardeau, MO, and have two adult children. 

    They have served God vocationally in various capacities; Rob as a Spiritual Formation and Executive Pastor and Kristy as a Children’s Ministry Director and Executive Director of a large foster home. 

    Rob has a Chemical Engineering degree from Missouri S&T and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Kristy has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.  


    Email Rob (rmehner@nlai.org) or Kristy (kmehner@nlai.org)

    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (Oct 2018)

    Connect with Rob and Kristy on Facebook (Mehners on Mission)

  • Roblans and Jessi Mejia

    Echo Reach Ministries

    Roblans and Jessi Mejia joined the NLAI family in 2019 but have been serving in Guatemala since 2008. They started a ministry that uses soccer as its way to bring Christ to the youth that are at risk of becoming involved in gangs and drugs. In addition, they have started a home remodeling business to be able to teach these boys and girls skills that will give them employment opportunity in the future. 

    Roblans is a Guatemalan national and Jessi is from Colorado. They have been married 6 years now and have two little ones, Elijah, and James. 


    Email Roblans (rmejia@nlai.org) or Jessi (jmejia@nlai.org)

    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (January 2019)

  • Kourtney Nance

    NLCH Independence Program Coordinator

    Kourtney moved to Guatemala in 2016, and began serving with NLAI in 2019. She is a graduate of The University of North Texas and, before moving to Guatemala, served as preschool minister at The Village Church Denton for 10 years. Kourtney works with the teenagers and young adults at New Life, overseeing and implementing the Independence Program. This program seeks to support the older population of children and young adults at NLCH as they prepare to live thriving, successful adult lives outside of the home one day. 


    Email Kourtney (knance@nlai.org)

    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (Feb 2019)

  • Tommy & Marilyn Todd

    Co-Directors of Resource Development

    Tommy and Marilyn Todd have been with NLAI since 2009. They served at New Life Children's Home in Guatemala for 10 years. They live in Slaton, Texas and serve as Co-Directors of Resource Development. They will be traveling in the States to seek funds for all of the NLAI ministries, but especially for New Life Children's Home. The Todds have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.


    Email Tommy (ttodd@nlai.org) or Marilyn (mtodd@nlai.org)

    Meet our Missionaries Spotlight Email (Feb 2018)