More Than A Job
Our ministry/organization has more than 50 Ethiopian national employees and volunteers working together in the various aspects of the ministry.
Most of our staff have remained with us for multiple years, and have become a vital part of the Ebenezer family. In that vein, there is a mutual understanding that each plays an integral part in caring for the children and others we are called to serve. Day in and day out, our staff loves and serves the children at each of our homes. From the practical duties of: ordering and preparing food to providing clean laundry; caring for sick kids to changing diapers; making sure the kids take naps to singing songs together… they demonstrate a willingness and care that is invaluable and selfless. This is more than job for any of us. By God’s grace, this has become a collective sub-culture of compassion.
Argaw and Rachel Ayele are the founders of the local NGO, Ebenezer Supporting and Development Association (ESDA) and oversee the Ebenezer family of homes and ministries. Argaw is originally from southern Ethiopia. Rachel is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. They met at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe (where they also met Shaun and Megan) in 2005. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Ethiopia. They have five children: Adonijah, Elias, Genesis, Gracie, and Stella.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution towards the Ayele Family, you can do so through their support ministry.
Shaun and Megan moved to Ethiopia in May 2013. Prior to that, they met, studied, and served in Hungary, at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe. They were privileged to love–and be loved, disciple–and be discipled, and teach–and were taught. Both of their children, Jude and Sonya, were born there. They seek to be a support for the Ayeles, as well as the children and families Ebenezer supports.
For updates, visit their website: thehavelaars.com | If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution towards the Havelaar Family, you can do so through their support ministry.
Our aim is to share the love of Christ with the people of Africa by providing love and support for orphans, vulnerable children, and families. In an effort to align ourselves with the vision of ESMA, each board member, of their own resources, has traveled to Ethiopia to see the ministry firshand. This invaluable experience, allows us to function as a ministry to people, for the glory of God. Your prayers are encouraged, as we endeavor to continue to be wise stewards of the lives and resources God has entrusted to us.
Argaw Ayele - President
Argaw and his wife, Rachel, married in 2005, and moved to Ethiopia in 2006. The couple now has five children. In 2010, they began local NGO, Ebenezer Supporting and Development Association (ESDA), with EGCH being the first children’s home. In 2014, ESMA was recognized as a U.S. non-profit organization. Argaw is from the southern region (where our ministry operates), and had—and continues to have—a desire to bring the love of Jesus to his people. He graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe in 2004, and was ordained as a pastor in 2014.
Daniel Scheuble - Treasurer
Daniel resides in Florida with his wife, Jill, and two children. Prior to joining the ESMA board, he visited EGCH three times. It was during these visits that he developed a heart and passion for the ministry of ESMA. In the past, he served as the Executive Director of the Sister Parish Ministry of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He also served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President of Lender Processing Services in Jacksonville, Florida. Daniel holds an MBA from Northeastern University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Christopher Newport University.
Ellen Roemke - Director
Ellen was born, raised, and presently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has two children and four grandchildren. Ellen has been passionate about missions for many years, having served both locally and abroad. God captured her heart for the people of Ethiopia during her first visit in 2008. And in 2012, she returned to serve for four months where she fell in love with the ministry at EGCH. Presently, Ellen is the Volunteer Director at Erin’s House for Grieving Children in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the capacity of recruiting and training the more than 150 volunteers that serve the grieving families within her community.
Shaun Havelaar - Director
Shaun his wife, Megan, and two children moved to Ethiopia in May 2013. He serves as a volunteer with Ebenezer’s Ethiopian NGO, Ebenezer Supporting and Development Association (ESDA), in the capacity of International Donor Communications. Prior to his family’s arrival to Ethiopia, he served at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe (CCBCE) in Hungary as a teaching pastor, and director of the A Vision For Life (AVFL) youth discipleship program. He also held the position of Registrar. Shaun holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Concordia University Irvine.
Doug Martin - Director
Doug resides in North Carolina with his wife, Rose. They have four children and one grandson. Doug previously served in pastoral capacity at Calvary Chapel DC Metro, Calvary Chapel Vista, and a foreign missionary/pastor at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe in Hungary. In 2010, Doug and Rose came to Ethiopia and were present when EGCH received their first child. They have been connected to the ministry ever since. Prior to serving in full-time ministry, Doug worked in the financial business sector for some 30 years. Doug holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Whittier College.
Benjamin Taylor - Director
Benjamin resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Kelly, and his two children. He currently works as an Associate in Corporate Finance/Planning at Bank of America. Prior to moving back to the United States in 2013, he served with his family in Hawassa, Ethiopia, for four years. During that period of time, he held the position of Country Coordinator with Water is Life International. Those experiences serving within the culture and region, offer valuable insight as a board member. Benjamin holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Colin McLean - Director
Colin resides in California. Presently, he serves as the Director of Production and Events at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Prior to that, he worked in the television industry, producing shows for E! Entertainment, ABC, and TV Guide Network. In 2010, he left the entertainment world to serve in ministry. He visited Ethiopia and EGCH in 2014, where he developed a great interest and passion for the ministry. Colin holds a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.