Pedro and Priscila (Lima) Albuquerque
Priscila joined the CO Belo Horizonte team at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 2008 as a campus staff. Since 2014, Priscila also serves as the Shepherding Coordinator. Pedro came to Christ through Campus Outreach in 2006. He graduated from UFMG in Environmental Engineering and joined the Resource Team in 2015. Pedro and Priscila were married in August 2015. Now as a family, they desire to help college students know Christ and grow through discipleship.
Fabiana & Diego Vidal
Fabiana was introduced to Campus Outreach in 2002 and in 2003 she recognized her true need for Jesus Christ through conversations with her friends. She was hired in 2008 to split time working on campus as well as to use her gifts on the administration team. Currently, Fabiana works on the Resource Team as Event Planner and Assistant to the Director. Fabiana was married in November 2015 to Diego Vidal, who works as a lawyer in Belo Horizonte.
Grace grew up in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, and in middle school, her eyes were opened to the glory of God as she confessed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Throughout college, God continued to grow her knowledge of Himself and love for Jesus, which in turn grew her desire to see people from all nations come to know Jesus Christ. Since graduating from college in 2015, Grace has been serving in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, seeking to impact the next generation of students on the college campus of UFMG by making disciples of Jesus for the glory of God and for the joy of all peoples.
Luca Diorrane and Hannah (Crawford) Souza
Hannah graduated from Troy University in Human Services in 2015 and has been serving in Brazil since 2016. She is part of the campus staff team. Luca became a Christian through Campus Outreach in 2016 while studying at UFMG. He graduated in Physical Education in May of 2017, spent some time working with sports management, then felt called to begin working in ministry in hopes that other skeptical students like him would come to know the Lord. He began as an intern in October of 2017 and has committed to serving the next 3 years on the COBH resource team. Luca and Hannah are engaged and getting married at the beginning of 2020. They have been impacted by the vision of the ministry in Brazil for reaching the non-religious lost, and are so excited to share the love they have received in Christ with the students on campus.
Jon and Tathiana Elam
Jon joined the Belo Horizonte team in 2002 and married Tathiana 2006. He leads the Resource Team for the BH team. She serves as volunteer Children’s Coordinator at their hub church. After 15+ years in Belo Horizonte, Jon & Tathiana feel privileged to have been part of the beginnings of the ministry and are excited about fruit from the campus and the team being raised up: seasoned leadership, Brazilian staff and others from the US. Now as a family of four, the Elam’s desire to live out 2 Timothy 2:2, “…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
Jacob came to know the Lord through Campus Outreach in December of 2008 during his junior year at Centre College. After graduating with a degree in elementary education in 2010, he went on to teach for two years in the public schools in Lexington Kentucky. He then decided to move to Porto Alegre Brazil where he had spent a summer in high school. After four years in Porto Alegre, Jacob moved to Belo Horizonte in October of 2017 to help build and develop Gringo English. He sees the language school as an opportunity to build and equip laborers while being a light and example of business as mission in Belo Horizonte.
Joel became a Christian at Indiana State University in 2007. Upon graduating in 2010, he began working as an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language) in Indianapolis. He has been on staff in Belo Horizonte since 2017, teaching English and laboring on the campus of UFMG. In 2022, Joel married Adriana, whom he met at his church in Brazil. They are excited to learn how to work in the harvest together in the coming years!
Mary Kelly Cantrell
Hey, I am Mary Kelly Cantrell! I am from Sylacauga, AL and graduated from Troy University in 2017. In my time at Troy, I got involved with Campus Outreach, grew tremendously in my walk with Christ, developed a heart for the lost, and felt convicted to go and share with others. Since then I have been on staff with Campus Outreach in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and have been loving it! God has faithfully been at work in Brazil, and it has been my biggest blessing to be a part of it. I have seen prayers answered, souls saved, and experienced more grace than I could have ever imagined. I look forward to what God has in store for me and the students of UFMG, these next four years.
James and Grace Pineda
James came to know Christ in college when other students shared the gospel with him through Campus Outreach. Since then, James has been passionate about building relationships with others and sharing the Good News with them. He was greatly impacted by the call to make disciples of all nations. James spent one year after college in China with ELIC, and then returned to live and work in Mobile, Alabama, from where he lead a team of college students back to China for a summer. Grace and James became friends during their time at Troy University. Grace grew up in Brazil as a missionary kid. They got married in April 2017. During their first year of marriage in Mobile, James and Grace have learned about glorifying God in the workplace. They are both passionate about developing others to know Christ, each person’s unique design, and how to engage the world in which they live and work.
I grew up in a Spiritist family. I didn’t believe the Bible was all true or that Jesus was God. Until college, I had never even read the Bible, and what I knew about Jesus came from the Spiritist teachings my family and community preached – that Jesus was just an evolved being whose example we should all follow. God used my first two years in college to break me and show me that I could not have victory over my sin in my own strength and that only He could satisfy me. After two years of investigating and trying to understand who Jesus was through Campus Outreach, God opened my eyes to His truth, that Jesus is God and that my sins have been paid for on the cross! Today, as I build relationships with lost college students, I hope to reflect the love of Jesus and that they would come to know Him and have their lives transformed by Him just like I experienced!
Jeff and Amy Dowdy
Jeff and Amy Dowdy met (and fell in love) at West Georgia College “many years ago.” Campus Outreach was instrumental in their walks with the Lord and both developed a passion for cross-cultural ministry while on a short term trip to Thailand with CO. After graduation, they got married and moved to Brazil and served with Campus Outreach for 8 years. They have four children: Braden, Simon, Lucy, and Everett and currently live in Milledgeville, Georgia where they’ve been actively serving at New City Church for the past 5 years.
I’ve always felt deeply connected to my Portuguese and Brazilian roots. It was only while attending Summer Beach Project in 2017, however, that my eyes were opened to the immediate need for the Gospel to go forth internationally. I felt a specific calling to labor for those with whom I share a culture. God granted me that opportunity through two-month Cross Cultural Projects to Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 2018 and 2019, followed by a two-year experience to teach English from 2021-2022. I have extended that commitment for another year (until December 2023) to continue the work that the Lord is doing in me and through me and would love for you to be a part of that!
Braden & Aniah Dowdy
Braden was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, into a Campus Outreach staff family. He grew up surrounded by Christians and believed in God’s existence but did not start spending personal time with Him through Bible reading and prayer until high school. Through CO at Wofford College, Braden learned how to be truly involved in discipleship community, through vulnerability and intentionality. He is excited to be a part of the transformation that God is working in Brazil through CO by building relationships and sharing the Gospel with students on campus.
Aniah was born and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina, and became a Christian in high school but experienced the most spiritual growth through her four years at Wofford College, where she majored in Physics. Aniah found Campus Outreach halfway through her freshman year, and it was through the ministry that she experienced true Christian community, regular discipleship, and teaching and accountability for sharing her faith with her peers. Aniah is very excited to take what she has learned and move to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to be campus staff.