Administration & Leadership

As the Board of Directors serves as the governing body of NLAI, the Administration executes the work. The Board sets the path and the Administration walks it out. Though none of the administrators serve on the Board, they attend the board meetings, give reports, and contribute to the discussion and planning.

NLAI is blessed to have a healthy Board-Administrative arrangement in which the Board provides good accountability while allowing the Administration freedom to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in carrying out God's vision for NLAI.

  • Kendon Wheeler


    Kendon and wife, Wendy, have served in Guatemala with NLAI since January 1988. In 2012 Kendon, a graduate of Texas Tech University, began serving as President of NLAI. Kendon continues to make his home at NLCH in Guatemala while overseeing NLAI ministries across the globe. They have four sons, three daughers-in-law, and four grandchildren.

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  • Dave Depew

    President Emeritus

    Dave and Sue Depew were missionaries in Thailand for 16 years. Dave, a graduate of both the United States Military Academy and Fuller Theological Seminary, served as President of NLAI from December 2002 to December 2011.  The Depews currently live in Houston, Texas, the home of NLAI.  Dave is the Founder and Director of the NLAI School of Mission which trains missionaries for NLAI and other organizations. The Depews have four children and three grandchildren.

  • Maggie Aldana

    Vice President of Administration

    Maggie was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Houston at an early age. She attended Massey Business College after graduating from High School. Maggie is married to Daniel Aldana (from Guatemala), and they have three sons, Christian, Jonathan and Emmanuel, two lovely daughters in love, Abbey and Marissa, and two beautiful grandchildren.  Maggie currently lives in Sugar Land, TX. She has been the Administrator of the NLAI Houston office since 2005.

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  • Rob Mehner

    Director of Training and Pastoral Care

    Rob and his wife Kristy began serving at NLCH in 2017. They are from Cape Girardeau, MO, and have two adult children. Rob has served the Lord in vocational ministry as a Spiritual Formation and Executive Pastor. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Missouri S&T and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Rob provides training for new NLAI missionaries as well as ongoing training and pastoral care for NLAI missionaries and Guatemalan staff members at New Life Children's Home.

    Contact Rob via email