OUR INTERNS & RESIDENTS

Meet our awesome interns & residents! These individuals give anywhere between three months to two years to support our ministry in a variety of ways including building homes for families, working in our Admin Department, serving in our field locations, and more.

Click here to support the interns.
After clicking the link above please select the program area “5120 Support: Internship Program” to donate to the general intern fund. To donate to a specific person please select that same program area then proceed to tell us the name of the intern you would like to support in the “Comments” section. Thank you!

Ellie Bartlett

Admin Intern in El Paso, TX

Hey friends! My name is Ellie, and I am from the suburbs of Chicago. I have always had a huge heart for serving the Lord and the community, and I have my grandparents and my parents to thank for that. They have been a true inspiration in my walk with God, and my grandparents even served as missionaries in Japan. The Lord called me into ministry right before my sophomore year at Indiana Wesleyan University where I was able to obtain my bachelor’s in Adolescent Ministry. For the past 5 years, I have worked in church ministry with both children and adults. I moved to El Paso in April 2021, and I have grown to love the community and the culture here. I am so excited to be a part of the team at Casas and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for this summer!


Charlie Galley

Building in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Howdy ya’ll! I’m Charlie, born and raised in Amarillo, TX. I’m an engineer for BNSF Railway, beginning my 9th year working for them this October. When I was 16, I was blessed to build in Juárez with Casas por Cristo on a trip with my church youth group. Ministry has always been on my heart, and that trip was a spark for missions that God has ignited, once again, 17 years later. Through a series of events, I have been blessed with the opportunity to intern with Casas in the DR this year. I am so excited to serve and see what He does through Casas’ ministry in these communities, all the lives and hearts that will be renewed through His Glory, and to spend this summer getting to know the Casas staff, the families we build for, and each group that comes to build!


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Molly Hail

Building in Acuña, México

Hi everyone, my name is Molly Hail. I live in Colorado Springs, CO, and I love all the fun outdoorsy things Colorado has to offer. This is my second internship with Casas. Why would I want to spend another summer in the blistering heat? I feel like this is a direction that God is leading me, and because I want to. Outside of my love for building houses, I am currently a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) where I am majoring in psychology and sociology. God has put it on my heart to serve families, which is what I intend to do with my degree. I also work for the YMCA as a before and after school site supervisor where I play with kids and teach them how to become effective leaders in their schools. While I am sad to be away from the kids for the summer, I am very excited about the opportunity presented to me and to see how God is going to work over the summer.


Jaci Hopkins

Building in San Raymundo, Guatemala

Hello! My name is Jaci Hopkins. I am originally from Amarillo, TX, but I now live in Waco, TX where I am a Junior at Baylor University. I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Religion and plan to attend medical school after I graduate. I hope to someday do full-time mission work, and I love Casas por Cristo. I first found out about Casas whenever I went on a trip to Acuña in 2016. Getting to be a part of this ministry is one of the best experiences I have ever had, and I am very excited to get to learn more about the ministry and serve with them this summer!


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Dan Kennedy

Building in Juárez, México

Hello! My name is Dan, and I am from Macomb, Michigan. I work in the I.T. field, and I enjoy playing cards, reading, video games, and walking outside. My first trip with Casas was in high school with my church’s youth group, and it changed my life. Since then, I’ve had several opportunities to serve through many trips and was blessed to be able to intern in 2020. Now, God has blessed me with a second opportunity to intern with Casas and to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ! I can’t wait for this summer to witness God’s love for his children in action.


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Aleya Last

Building in Acuña, México

Hi, I’m Aleya, and I am from Statesville, North Carolina. I will be graduating from Wingate University with a Biology major and Spanish and Chemistry minor in May 2022. I have been on two incredible Team Casas builds, one to Guatemala in 2019 and the other to Juarez in 2021. God has continued to work in my life well after these trips have ended. I am excited to be doing an internship with Casas to share with other groups the life-changing experiences that God has given me while volunteering. I have felt peace since deciding to intern with Casas, and I am looking forward to God leading me and watching Him provide and impact people’s lives.


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Ezequiel Madrigal

Building in Juárez, México

Hello! I’m Ezequiel and am originally from California, but I have called Edmond, OK my home for the past 13 years. I first heard of Casas por Cristo when I participated in a spring break trip with my home church, The Well Church, as a freshman in high school and have loved working and supporting the ministry as much as possible ever since. My experience with Casas includes builds with my local church, Team Casas builds, as well as an internship in the summer of 2016 while I was attending Oklahoma State University. I am currently a high school Spanish teacher working at a public school in Edmond. I love what I do, and I am so excited to devote my summer to serving the Lord with Casas!


Jaydn Mann

Creative Intern in El Paso, TX

Hello, my name is Jaydn. I am currently a student at Colorado State University double-majoring in Spanish and English. I love to draw, sing, play cards & volleyball, and build friendships with awesome people! But more importantly, it is in the Lord that I have discovered a concrete sense of joy and purpose for my life. I’m always looking for ways to use the blessings I’ve been given to spread the love of Jesus. That’s why I’m so excited to be interning with CpC!


Betteanne Purcell

Building in San Raymundo, Guatemala

Hey everyone! My name is Betteanne. I currently live in a tiny town in West Texas called Fort Davis. I am a junior at Sul Ross State University, and I am studying Agriculture Education. I grew up near San Antonio, Texas in another small town. A fun fact about me is that I have a dog named Fish! My first experience with Casas was in December 2021 when my church, Crosspoint Fellowship, took a trip to the Dominican Republic. After that trip, I knew God was leading me to do more through Casas. I am so excited to serve in Guatemala and see how God works in the lives of so many people this summer.


Mackenzie Ray

Building in Acuña, México

Hello! My name is Mackenzie, and I am from Harrisburg, MO. I graduated from Columbia College in 2020 with a BA in Criminal Justice Administration but have always felt God was calling me to ministry. I am not sure what that will look like in the long run, but I am very excited for my internship with Casas and the opportunity to work in cross-cultural missions for a summer! I just recently went on my first trip with Casas this past December in Juárez, and I am very excited to get the opportunity to lead teams and see them have the same life-changing experience that I did. I know God is doing mighty things through Casas por Cristo, and I am honored to be a small part of that this summer!


Angela Rodriguez

Building in Juárez, México

Hi! my name is Angela. I originally grew up and Reynosa Tamaulipas, Mexico, and I am currently attending Texas A&M University in College Station for the completion of a bachelor’s in Architecture. My desire is to serve God and to grow in my faith so that he can make me more like Jesus. For that reason, I seek to find opportunities to serve God so that he may guide and lead me to the plans He has for me so that I can have the privilege of using my career for his ministry. That is why I wanted to do this internship with Casas por Cristo, which for me, not only means a great opportunity to grow but also a challenge that I must overcome alongside Christ. I’m very excited to get to know new people and work alongside them as we help each other carry each other’s burdens and build relationships that may last a lifetime centered on the love of Christ.


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DonnieRoy Slusher

Building in Juárez, México

I am here in El Paso, building houses for families in Juarez with Casas por Cristo simply because I love it. Nothing compares to the feeling that you get after working all week, knowing that God has blessed a family through your words, efforts, and motivation. There is no other way I would like to spend my summer other than building houses because of Christ, while having and impact on families and being able to show them God’s love through these houses. This whole experience has impacted me greatly, making me realize that all I want to do is to fulfill my purpose which is to spread and share the love of Jesus Christ.


Rebecca Thompson

Admin Resident in El Paso, TX

Hi y’all! My name is Rebecca Thompson, and I am originally from Macon, Georgia. I called Fort Worth, Texas, home for four years while I earned my Bachelor’s degree from TCU, which is where I was first introduced to Casas por Cristo. After my first mission trip with Casas in March of 2020, I knew that God was calling me to serve here for a longer period of time. Flash forward to now and I’m taking a gap year to serve this ministry as a Team Coordinating resident before pursuing a Master’s in Divinity to become a campus minister. I’m so blessed to be able to serve Casas, and I can’t wait to see how God continues to move through this ministry!


Abby VanderMeer

Building in Acuña, México

Hi there! My name is Abby, and I’m from a small town in northwest Indiana called DeMotte. I love hanging out with my friends, writing poetry, listening to music, and playing with my puppy! A fun fact about me is that I am currently in the process of becoming an EMT, and this fall, I am going back to school to get my associate’s degree in Paramedic Science. In February, I served with Casas in San Raymundo, Guatemala. I fell in love with the ministry, and the Lord was so kind to give me the opportunity to intern with them. I am so excited to see how He moves this summer!