About Us

Welcome to Agua Viva Ministries, where our mission is to reach Mexico for Christ. Rooted in a deep commitment to proclaiming the Good News, equipping local leaders, and extending a hand to those in need, we collaborate closely with churches on both sides of the border to foster mutual growth and service.

At Agua Viva Ministries, we focus on four main areas of ministry:

Through our accredited seminary program, we invest in the development of national leaders who are called to serve Christ as pastors, missionaries, and lay leaders.
Our top-quality camp facility in northwest Mexico provides a serene setting for retreats, seminars, camps, and events, fostering spiritual growth and community bonding.

Partnering with missionaries in reaching remote and indigenous villages across Mexico, we work to plant churches, alleviate suffering, and disciple communities who have yet to hear the Gospel.
Short-Term Missions
Hosting short-term teams from the US and Canada, we offer transformative experiences where participants engage in hands-on mission trips, experiencing the Great Commission in action across diverse cultural contexts.

Our Staff


Jason Schultz – Executive Director

Growing up in a missionary family in Mexico, Jason is dedicated to spreading the Good News and mentoring the next generation of Mexican leaders. He and his wife and three children reside at Agua Viva.

Hilda Rentería – Administrator

Hilda, a native of Ensenada with a degree in business administration, leads the financial and human resources departments and oversees the ministry's administrative functions. She and her daughter Alyssa live on campus.

Christian Arrieta – Accounting

Christian, an accountant trained at the Ministry Training Institute (MTI), manages finances, and cafeteria operations, teaches at MTI, and leads student ministries.

Miguel Ramirez - Information Technology

Miguel, an engineer and pastor, oversees Agua Viva's IT department and manages solar systems and electrical installations. He and his wife, Mayra, also lead Comunidad El Roble, a Christian church in Ensenada.

Mayra López – Receptionist

Mayra and her husband, Miguel, serve as a pastor in El Roble. A 2019 MTI graduate, she is currently pursuing a degree in nutrition.

Camp Facilities

Gabriel Palacios – Facilities Director

Gaby, a carpenter by trade and a believer in Christ through Agua Viva's ministry leads maintenance and construction efforts.

Mary García – Director of Camps

Mary oversees the annual influx of 6,000 campers, collaborating with Mexican churches and ministries to ensure a seamless experience. From pristine cabins to thrilling activities, Mary ensures excellence in every detail.

Gustavo Carrillo - Maintenance

Gustavo, from the Huichol indigenous tribe in Jalisco, contributes his hard work and skills to the maintenance team.

Adrian Naranjos - Maintenance

Adrian's journey from a troubled past to redemption led him to Agua Viva, where he now serves in maintenance after completing his studies.

Toño Luna – Groundskeeper

Toño, a retired member of the Mexican Navy, diligently tends to the gardens, embodying dedication to Agua Viva's mission.


Luis Crespo – Director

Luis, a Pastor with 20 years of experience, is deeply committed to teaching and disciple-making. He and his wife Sara, along with their three children, reside on campus.

Jesús Gonzalez – Dean

Known as Chuy, Jesús transitioned from dentistry to full-time ministry after a decade as a youth pastor in Puebla, Mexico, and eleven years as a missionary in Israel. He and his wife have four children and six grandchildren.

Yashiry Lugo – Administrator

Yashiry, a 2019 CECAM graduate with a psychology degree, ensures the school runs smoothly by managing finances, schedules, and student activities. She also dedicates time daily to mentoring students.


Steve Caliger – Director of Advancement

With extensive experience in sales, marketing, and executive search, Steve leads Agua Viva's advancement efforts. He and his wife Marie split their time between Reno, Nevada, and Mexico.

Lucy Suarez – Short-Term Missions Director

With over 12 years of experience in short-term missions, Lucy is passionate about fostering unity between cultures within the Church through impactful trips that demonstrate God's love.

Food & Beverage

Gerardo Reynoso – Executive Chef

Gerardo and his wife, Bertha, manage kitchen operations and procurement, ensuring delicious meals and a warm atmosphere.

Bertha Moreno - Sous Chef

Known for her culinary skills and warmth, Bertha, along with her husband Gerardo, brings joy to Agua Viva.

Mary Velazquez - Kitchen

Mary, a recent addition to the team, brings experience from MTI and missionary work in Chiapas. She and her husband José have two daughters.

Areli Perez - Kitchen

Areli, a native of Chiapas, enriches the team with her culinary skills and spiritual journey. After graduating from MTI, she joined the kitchen staff.

Our Board of Directors

What We Believe

  • We believe in the scripture of the Old and New Testaments as inspired by God, infallible, and of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

  • We believe that humankind was created in the image of God, but sinned and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God; all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified by his blood.

  • We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his ascension into Heaven, and in his life as high priest and advocate for us.

  • We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting separation from God of the lost.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return to the earth and establish His Kingdom.