HOUSTON | TEXAS

H O U S T O N | T E X A S

W elcome to the BIG H!, where 2 million+ residents occupy what is currently the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country.  As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and at Adore Ministries, we recognize that there are also big needs that come with a city of this size. Currently, there are 11 missionaries and missionary families that serve the Houston area, along with countless volunteers and staff.  We serve in all corners of the city to various demographics through a variety of programming.

Welcome to the BIG H!, where 2 million+ residents occupy what is currently the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country.  As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and at Adore Ministries, we recognize that there are also big needs that come with a city of this size. Currently, there are three missionary families that serve the Houston area, along with countless volunteers and staff.  We serve in all corners of the city to various demographics through a variety of programming.

Missions

Youth and Campus Ministry at Shrine of the True Cross

Missionary Chris Donatto serves the Dickinson community through weekly high school and jr. high youth nights, discipleship, retreats, and special events for the church and community. Follow their instagram @adore_dickinson for more info

Youth Ministry at St. Hyacinth

Missionary Lauren Koath serves the Deer Park community through weekly high school and jr. high youth nights, discipleship, retreats, and special events for the church and community. Follow their instagram @adore_sthyacinth for more info

Youth and Campus Ministry, Tutoring, and Mentoring at Resurrection Catholic Church and School

Missionaries Brittany Guess and Mathew Hawkins directly serve the 5th ward/Denver Harbor community through regular youth gatherings, discipleship, mentoring, retreats, and special events for the school, church, and community. They also run the Confirmation program. Follow their instagram @adore_resurrection for more info

Campus Ministry at St. Thomas More Catholic School

  • Ennie Hickman, Cassie Noeker, and Emily Blasdell serve as the Campus Ministers for St. Thomas More Catholic School mentoring and discipling 5th-8th graders through weekly gatherings and retreats.

Family Dinners

  • Young adults and families gather every week for a Family style meal, drinks, fellowship in backyards across the city in order to grow personally and spiritually in a communal setting.  We’d love to have you join us, as we journey together and learn what it means to be a part of God’s family.  All ages, faith backgrounds, and statuses are invited. Contact Ennie and Cana for the one nearest you.

Worship Nights at Prince of Peace Catholic Church

In an age where generations, races, and cultures have become more divided. Adore’s heart is to reach the entire family of God.  Many of Adore’s outreaches consist of cross-generational ministry that reaches the whole family from young to old. Adore’s worship and teaching series is an outreach to the larger community and city in which God has called us to. The heart of the our Adore Night series is to reach people and impact cities with the message of Jesus.  We accomplish this through powerful worship and relevant talks that reach the heart and core of each individual. Check out our current series "Recalculating".

Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. John Fisher Catholic Church

Missionaries Manny Barraza and Cassie Noeker directly serve the Richmond/Rosenberg community through regular youth and young adult gatherings, bible studies, discipleship, mentoring, retreats, and special events for the church and community. Follow their instagram @adore_sjf for more info

Worship Nights at the Catholic Charismatic Center

In an age where generations, races, and cultures have become more divided. Adore’s heart is to reach the entire family of God.  Many of Adore’s outreaches consist of cross-generational ministry that reaches the whole family from young to old. Adore’s worship and teaching series is an outreach to the larger community and city in which God has called us to. The heart of the our Adore Night series is to reach people and impact cities with the message of Jesus.  We accomplish this through powerful worship and relevant talks that reach the heart and core of each individual. Check out our current series "Recalculating".

Family Dinners

Young families gather every week for a family-style meal, drinks, fellowship in backyards across the city in order to grow personally and spiritually in a communal setting.  We’d love to have you join us, as we journey together and learn what it means to be a part of God’s family.  All ages, faith backgrounds, and statuses are invited. Check out the Clear Lake Family Dinner website to find out more and connect with Peter & Kristin about dropping by!

In addition to sharing life together on a daily basis, the family dinner community here also go deeper through a monthly "King's Men" mens group meeting, a bi-weekly women's group, quarterly date nights together, a vacation to the lake every summer, and periodic family worship get togethers in a home.


Staff


Jonathan & Sara Alexander

Missionaries/Vice President of Missions With 11 years of youth ministry experience, Franciscan University alum Jonathan Alexander is now the Vice President of Missions for Adore Ministries, serving the under served of Houston and nearby communities. His wife Sara is using her license in counseling to provide support and healing in these communities as well.  Together, with their three kids (Bernadette, Gianna, and Ezekiel), this missionary family hopes to share the Gospel with every person they run across, no matter their economic status.


Manny and Brittany Barraza

Missionaries Manny, originally from Dallas and Brittany, a Southern California native have been serving with Adore since 2013. Manny sought a life in ministry from the beginning of his collegiate career at Franciscan University, while Brittany had dreams of a life on the beach in California. Somehow, God brought all their dreams together in a call to serve the underserved as Adore missionaries in Houston. Manny works in an underserved neighborhood in Houston’s North Richmond, and Brittany is in Denver Harbor/5th Ward area of the inner city. In their mission sites as well as in their growing new family (baby girl due December 2016!), Manny and Brittany seek to encounter Christ in the streets, on the margins, and in their neighbors with each new day God gives. 


Emily Blasdell

Missionary/Vice President of Operations Since high school, Emily had felt a call to ministry, but while in college discovered her passion for serving in an administrative role. She became committed to Adore's mission after a summer internship in 2012. Just a few days after graduating with a degree in Communication from St. Edward’s University that next year, Emily jumped on board in Adore's Houston office to serve the mission in development, marketing, and now, overall operations. Some of Emily’s biggest joys in life are being an aunt, making connections, and organizing closets.


Cori Carmona

Missionary With a passion for travel, music, and Jesus, this wandering spirit has found a home with the Adore Community. Led by the promptings of the Holy Spirit, Cori Carmona has found herself in Houston, TX with a message from God to “stay and wait” and that’s what she’ll do while living in community with like-minded individuals who believe the same core values! Cori is thrilled to be a part of something bigger than herself and looks forward to the chance to grow as a worship leader as well as a minister of Jesus to anyone and everyone. When she’s not traveling or writing songs, she enjoys schooling anyone brave enough to challenge her to a game of badminton and afterward consoles her victims…I mean opponents…by sharing a good conversation and a Snickers Bar with them.


Chris and Erika Donatto

Missionaries Chris and Erika Donatto are two Lord of the Rings nerds who fell in love 11 years ago and never looked back. Only by clinging to their Catholic faith and its Sacraments have they managed to grow more in love, bring two beautiful daughters (Elanor and Adeline) into the world, and accept God’s calling to become Adore missionaries. They love people. Plain and simple. As individuals, as a couple, and as a family they have always felt called to practice unfettered love, for only through it can we find the heart of Jesus. Chris has a degree in Theology from the University of St. Thomas and over 7 years of experience in Youth Ministry. He loves trying new beers with Erika, powerlifting, comic books, and climbing trees with his little ladies. Erika converted to Catholicism in her senior year at Houston Baptist University. She is a lover of music, the written word, Texas, and queso. She also has a passion for empowering and inspiring women, which is her mission as a personal stylist for Stella & Dot. Together, Chris and Erika hope to find and share deep joy, peace, and humility in surrendering to God’s plan for their lives.


Peter and Kristin Fontana

Missionaries/Special Events Coordinator With a heart for sharing Christ’s love through authentic community, Peter & Kristin Fontana have been serving youth and young adults together for over 13 years. Since Peter returned from 2 years on mission in China in 2009, they have been continuing to experiment with intentionally building Christian community in southeast Houston with their 4 children and the wonderful families of Clear Lake, TX. Peter brings years of experience as General Manager of a creative event production company to serve Adore Ministries as Special Events Coordinator and helping strengthen overall ministry operations.


Amber Forness

Missionary Amber Forness is from Houston, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Math Degree. Following graduation she served a year with NET Ministries, traveling around the country and sharing the gospel with teens. She then moved to St Louis to live in discernment with a community of religious sisters. After a year and a half, she decided to move back to Houston. Amber has felt a desire to be a missionary ever since she was a teenager, and is urged by the desire to seek out others who don't know the love of Jesus, just as God sought after her. Amber enjoys running, the Eucharistic, mountains, intentional conversations, dancing with her nephew, and any excuse for an adventure. She is excited and thankful to be serving God's people as an Adore missionary.


Mathew "Hawk" Hawkins

Missionary Matt "Hawk" Hawkins hails from Atlanta, Georgia where he worked as an Emmy Award Winning producer for GCPS TV. He has also worked on feature length films including Disney Channel's Cloud 9. Though he has been blessed with many opportunities, his heart is has always been drawn to love the unloved. He has worked in youth ministry for 9 years, and loves to connect with those who feel like they don't belong. Hawk is very excited and honored to join Adore in Houston serving the good people of Denver Harbor/Fifth Ward. 


Ennie & Cana Hickman

Missionaries/President With a heart for the marginalized and the forgotten, missionaries Ennie and Cana Hickman have traveled the country and abroad sharing the love of Christ with the Churched and Unchurched for over 15 years. Their heart is to expand quality ministry to the underserved youth and young adults in America. They currently mission in Houston, TX with their seven children, where Ennie serves as President of Adore Ministries.


Andie Ingram

Executive Assistant Andrea "Andie" was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Andie graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor¹s degree in Politics from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.. Her ministry work started when she was in high school volunteering as a middle school team leader and a 1st grade religious education teacher at her home parish St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Her current mission is in Houston serving Adore's missionary team and staff as their Bookkeeper and Executive Assistant. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, going on walks with her two giant dogs and volunteering with the high school youth program at her church. 



Lauren Koath

Missionary Lauren, originally from North Texas, attended Franciscan University where she graduated in 2013 with degrees in Theology and Catechetics. She has a heart for sharing the joy of the Gospel with the young Church and has been involved in youth ministry for several years in both Texas and Ohio. She is a hockey lover, a coffee enthusiast, and because of Christ finds herself living a life greater than she could have ever imagined. Lauren is excited for the opportunity to join the Adore family and serve the people of Houston.


Charlie and Andrea Mercer

Missionary/VP of Mission Development Charlie and Andrea Mercer have had a heart for mission and evangelization that has led them all over the country to bring the saving news of Christ and experience first hand God's Spirit moving in the hearts of young people and college students. With the unique opportunity to serve in a brand new mission field at Lone Star College, they look forward to the great many ways God will show his Glory to the students in North Houston. 


Chloe Morrill

Missionary Chloe hails from Fruitland, MO and is taking an active role in the work of the New Evangelization as she desires to help bring about a culture of life and a civilization of love with the Adore community.  Chloe graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with degrees in Theology and Catechetics and spent 2 years working with youth at a pregnancy center in the Cincinnati diocese. As a response to Pope Saint John Paul II’s call to young people: “Do not be afraid to go out onto the streets and into public places, like the first apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of Salvation,”  Chloe is serving with Elijah Rising in Houston, TX where her primary mission will be supporting sex trafficking survivors.


Cassie Noeker

Missionary Cassie is a small farm town (actually a village) girl from Michigan with a heart for big cities. She danced for 18 years, one of which was done at the collegiate level. However, she admits if you ask her to bust a move, it will be the most awkward thing you will ever witness. She loves being on the beach or by the water, and anything that takes place outside has her vote. Cassie used to want to be an astronomer spending hours staring at the night sky, stargazing and getting lost in the Lord’s breathtaking creation. She has an unnatural obsession with touring Europe/Paris and going hiking, neither of which she has ever actually done before. She plans to go backpacking across Europe someday, therefore fulfilling both afore mentioned dreams. However, her desire to serve the Lord and bring His hope to the hopeless has brought her to Houston, where it is her goal to help fulfill His holy will for this city.


Matt and Stephanie Regitz

Missionary Matt and Stephanie Regitz have been married since Saint Patrick’s Day of 2001 and double as parents and ministers at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Both graduated from Texas A&M University. Matt worked as a salesman for 5 years in the oilfield before answering a call to trade in his company car for the new and crazy life as a youth minister at his childhood parish. Stephanie was an elementary school teacher before bringing her gifts home to their houseful of kids as a full time mom. Matt completed a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas in 2009 and has worked as the youth minister at Prince of Peace alongside his brother, Dave Regitz, for the past 12 years. Stephanie started St. Gianna’s Hope Ministry to serve moms who have suffered a miscarriage or infant loss. They have been blessed with 5 children, Athan, Becket, Anna Tess, Kieran, and their oldest daughter, Mary Clare, who is in heaven. They also have two precious boys that they miscarried. Their own story of grief and recovery has radically changed the way they view their own roles as ministers and parents. They hope their passionate journey of faith will remind this generation that Jesus loves us to death…and beyond!

Summer Interns 2017


Sarah Deneefe

Missionary Intern Sarah DeNeefe is a freshman at Franciscan University of Steubenville majoring in Theology and Catechetics. She grew up in Sugar Land, TX at St. Laurence Parish. Her mission experience began when she served on a mission trip to Collique, Peru, and she loved it so much that two years later, she went back. She loves dancing, coffee, the Astros, and her nephew. She is so thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Adore Ministries this summer.


Kirsten Grandon

Missionary Intern Kirsten is a senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. After moving to Denver, CO with her family as a fourteen-year-old, she agreed to attend a Steubenville Conference, and it changed everything for her. She loves joking around, long drives with friends, and showing people that holiness is not synonymous with boredom. She is pumped to spend the summer with Adore!


Annie Ledezma

Missionary Intern Annie Ledezma is a taco loving gal from Arlington, TX currently living in College Station who likes to pretend she's from H-town. She's studying Psychology and Early Childhood Education and hopes to follow God's will after graduating whether it be through being a missionary or teaching. All she knows is that Jesus is Lord, and she wants that truth, joy, and abundant love to reach all. Annie has a heart for mission that only grew after spending last summer interning with Adore Ministries. She can't wait to see what adventures this summer will bring.


Ali Martinez

Missionary Intern Ali is a native of north Texas, but is currently bleeding maroon while studying Psychology and Spanish at Texas A&M University. She has a heart for mission and travel, both of which the Lord is allowing her to pursue right now as she spends a semester in Peru serving with a religious order. Her heart for mission has called her to join as an intern this summer with Adore (something she’s had in the back of her mind since one of her high school youth ministers became an Adore missionary), and couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity. 


Gordon Moore

Missionary Intern Gordon Michael was born and raised in Atlanta, GA with a passion for the arts and simply loving and living authentically. A recent graduate from Georgia State University, he has found what makes him happiest is self expression and acts of service to others. Following a calling to serve his Savior and those in great need, he is taking the steps to mission through Adore's Intern program and hopefully abroad come 2018. He loves art, poetry, indie film festival award winning movies, craft beer, and meeting new souls. Gordon is excited to be joining the family with Adore over the summer and can not wait to see what the Lord has in store.


Allyson Naftanel

Missionary Intern Allyson ​Naftanel is currently a Senior at Texas A&M University studying Community Development. Her family is from Colorado Springs, CO and she has 3 younger sisters and 2 younger brothers. Allyson is excited to get to intern with Adore Ministries this summer! She can't wait to share both the human and the divine love Christ has in store for all of us in a special way this summer. She enjoys journaling, coffee, guacamole, arts and crafts, and anything outdoors!

Tim LozanoHouston, Texas