The Santiago Partnership is a Christian charity organization based in Coshocton, OH that serves Ecuador, South America in the areas of care for at risk children as well as the medically underprivileged. The Santiago Partnership serves in collaboration with the Evangelical Covenant Church of Ecuador as well the social development branch of the church. All decisions and directions taken in Ecuador flow from the joint decision making process that we have with the Evangelical Covenant Church of Ecuador.
The Santiago Partnership, as an international team of followers of Jesus Christ collaborating with the local church of Ecuador, South America, seeks to transform the lives of at risk children and their families, as well as serve underprivileged communities.
The vision for the Santiago Partnership is simple: to partner with the local and national Covenant church of Ecuador to establish and maintain two homes for at risk children and two medical clinics. The first home and clinic will be located in the area of Cayambe and the second in that of Ibarra. After we have completed these initial goals, we hope to continue ministering in Ecuador through our relationship with the Covenant Church of Ecuador.
Joel and Kim Delp are Long-term Missionaries with the Evangelical Covenant Church. They have been serving the Covenant church in Ecuador where they are involved in various projects and ministries in the areas of community development, health care and pastoral ministries. Kimberly is a Family Nurse Practitioner and she received her degree from Rush University in Chicago. Joel received his Masters in Divinity and in Business Administration from North Park University and Seminary in Chicago. They were married in May 2002 and have been planning this project since they were married and now have three children.
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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tim has been in the construction industry for over 19 years and has been a partner in his own business Cross Improvements, LLC for over 14 years. He graduated from Asbury College with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Communications in 1998. Angie graduated from Asbury College in 1999 with a degree in Accounting. A year later she received her certification as a Certified Public Accountant. She has worked for a regional accounting firm in Ohio until later deciding to stay home with their children full-time. They are very excited to join efforts with Joel and Kim and feel a direct calling to be a part of this ministry.
Scott is Vice President of Operations for Williams Companies Inc., responsible for operating pipeline, facilities, and processing plants associated with natural gas and oil production in the Northeast. Scott’s background includes a BS, MS, and MBA, along with being a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Black Belt. Sara stays home and is homeschooling their three boys, (Seth, Ben, and Miles). She also leads a women's ministry called "Getting Real" through their local church. Her background includes a certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She went to Johns Hopkins University for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Kent State University for her Masters. Scott and Sara Hallam are long-time friends of Joel and Kim Delp with Scott and Joel growing up together in Madison, Ohio.
Zach and Janae Stevens are owners of Integrity Design & Construction, LLC of which they established in March 2005. Zach focuses on new construction and remodeling, but is a jack-of-all-trades. He has worked in construction for over 23 years and worked in bridge construction prior to starting his own business. Janae is from Long Beach, CA, attended JR High/H.S. in Colorado and received a Liberal Arts degree at Colorado Mountain College. She has spent the past several years working as accountant/secretary for Integrity Design & Construction, homeschooling their children and being household manager for the family. They met Joel and Kim in September 2012 on a Vision Trip to Ecuador. Surprisingly, they realized that their paths had crossed with Joel & Kim in seemingly random ways for the past 20 years. God has given them a desire for missions and they look forward to each step in this process of ministry and the ways God will change them and lead them to impact others for Him.
Kristi completed medical school at Loyola University in Chicago and her pediatric residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Kristi works in a pediatric clinic in Park Ridge, IL, and volunteers at a Spanish-speaking clinic for the under-served. Jeff works in the IT department at North Park University in Chicago, IL. They have long felt a special connection to Ecuador, and were privileged to visit Ecuador again in 2012 on an early Santiago Partnership Vision Trip. Being asked to join with the Delps in the Santiago Partnership pulls together Jeff and Kristi's love of Ecuador, medicine and service to others.
Paul is the pastor at Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, AZ. Paul led his first short term mission trip to Ecuador in 1994. After moving to Mount Prospect, IL, he continued leading short-term mission trips to Ecuador (96, 99, 02. 05, 08, 10, 11). Mary received a Masters in Education and is presently a substitute teacher. They are also proud grandparents. Paul and Mary Thompson met Joel and Kim Delp when they attended Northwest Covenant Church. Paul and Mary covet their relationship with the Delps and look forward to continued ministry with them.
Richard and Tara Euler met while attending the University of Rhode Island. Richard graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Tara earned her degree in Natural Resources. Richard is a Vice President of Human Resources for Sysco. Tara is a Special Education Teacher working with secondary students. They recently followed God’s call after living and raising their family in Maine for 29 years and relocated to Harrisburg, PA. Tara first traveled to Ecuador in 2011 where she met the Delps and Burbanos on a Vision Trip. She fell in love with the people of Ecuador. Richard soon followed sensing the same “pull.” They believe in the Santiago Partnership Mission and the Vision the Delps have for helping children in need while spreading the love of Christ. In their free time, they enjoy the outdoors and Tara enjoys photography.
Natasha Westerhoud was born in Former Yugoslavia and came to Canada when she was 4 years old. She is currently living in Norquay Saskatchewan serving the Norquay Covenant Church as their Associate Pastor. She is a graduate of Canadian Bible Seminary holding a degree in Christian Education. In her 20 years of pastoring, her ministry interests include discipling students, cross culture opportunities, promoting fair trade opportunities, leading mission’s trips, walking along side women, and pastoral care counselling. She has a passion for gathering people and over a good cup of coffee loves to hear people’s stories. She is also one of the two leaders in the Evangelical Covenant Ecuador Missions trips and facilitates trips every second year. Natasha’s passion for missions and Ecuador started years ago when her husband and she joined a mission’s team that was heading down to Quito. Upon returning her desire to continue to care and support grew. She met Joel and Kim a few years ago and loved their ministry and passion and is excited to walk alongside them and the ministry God has given them. Natasha has been married for 20 years to a wonderful man, Mike, and is the mom of an amazing 5 year old little girl, Hana. They are all very excited as they wait patiently for the next addition to their family from Vietnam!
Erica is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist. Although she doesn’t have any children of her own, Erica has devoted her life to taking care of children and advocating for their well being—from babysitting in high school to volunteering on the pediatric cancer ward in college to becoming a pediatrician to volunteering to teach school children about art. Erica participated in her first medical mission trip in April 2016--a pediatric caravan with the Santiago Partnership and Evangelical Covenant Church of Cayambe. A delayed flight in Quito in 2014 when returning from a vacation showed Erica the sunlight of God’s spirit through the Delp family and the opportunity to help children in Ecuador through the skills God has given her. After her trip, Erica told Joel and Kim that she now feels there is no limit to what she can accomplish in helping others and fulfilling God’s will for her. Erica recently moved to Seattle WA and loves exploring the natural beauties of the Pacific Northwest. She currently serves as Executive Director and Medical Director at the Washington Poison Center and is the Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Rolando Escola is the project coordinator with FACE and serves as an adviser for the Board of Directors of the Santiago Partnership. In addition to serving as our project coordinator and adviser, Rolando also holds the significant responsibility of being the President of FACE. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering in Business Administration. Rolando is married to his wife Diana and they have two children, Jonathan and Denise and live in Cayambe.
Annalea is a Covenant first-term missionary who is working with the Santiago Partnership in the area of medicine. Annalea has been a Labor and Delivery nurse for 12 years and she also specializes in perinatal loss. She has a variety of gifts that compliment us and the team here in Ecuador. Kim Delp and Annalea were in nursing school together at North Park University and she went to Covenant Bible college in Ecuador (2000) and was a dean of women at CBC in 2007. She has visited Ecuador many other times and has also served in Africa before coming to serve as a missionary in Ecuador. She is working in the clinic in women’s health in collaboration with our physicians. She will also be working with our medical caravans and will be adding more educational pieces to the clinic and community at large surrounding the clinic.