WHO WE ARE
BIO: Al is a minister and former staff pastor of Calvary Chapel, and director of Willing Hearts Helping Hands since 2001. He has spent a year on site at Ground Zero- NYC after 911; and (2) years at Ground Zero, Waveland, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina. Al is also an operating partner and owner in two “green energy” companies that design and sell energy reduction solutions to commercial and industrial marketplace. A former General Electric Aerospace guy- he loves startups and problem solving. His first mission for WHHH was rebuilding an orphanage in 1995 in Nicaragua… and he has never looked back!
Family: Married to Amy with three daughters and 7 grandchildren. A twin to brother Vin with another set of twin brothers-Joe and Jim!
Vitals: Born in Boston, Ma… “ a long time ago”… love the Boston Red Sox and everything Patriots!
Any Hidden Talents?: Guitar – ‘love the blues”
Who is the most influential person in your life?: Jesus, then my mom and dad, and my wife
What is one thing that you like about WHHH: The “wild ride and big dreams” God has given us. Seeing God work in and through people’s lives.
What inspires you?: People of faith who never give up trusting in God, despite the adversity in their lives.
Life Long Goal?: To one day hear, “ Well done good and faithful servant” from God… and “my wife”…!
Favorite Book( other than the Bible): A Heart Ablaze: Igniting a Passion for God by John Bevere It radically changed my life!
Favorite Desert: Home made “anything by Amy” pie – but especially APPLE pie
Biggest Dream: To finish writing a book…. “”Fulfilling The Purpose(s) of God In Your Life”””
Favorite past time other than reading the Bible: “Sitting on the dock of Lake Oxoboxo with Amy, watching the time go by”; walking the beach.
Willing Hearts Georgia Coordinator
Charles grew up in Connecticut (well he still hasn’t really grown up), but now lives in the Savannah, GA area. He has been married to his best friend Michelle for nearly 28 years and they are grateful to be parents of two sons, Brian and Evan.
Charles continues to be amazed at how God has changed his life and that God allows him to be a part of His work. His vision for the days ahead is from Philippians 3:12: “I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Team Leader/ Engineer
Garrett Lord loves the Lord
First Name: B A Bineta “Granny Bin”
Last Name: Baro
About: Born September 18, 1939 in Houston Texas. Educated in Washington, D.C., where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from George Washington University. She is the biological mother of ShaRon Marie Kelsey and the mother of Magalie, her adopted Haitian daughter. Blessed with two grandchildren (Sydney and Samantha) and a wonderful son-in-law Michael Kelsey.
Employed 16 yrs with the U. S. Government Agency for International Development (USAID) as an International Cooperation Specialist, she monitored activities of private voluntary organization NGOs working overseas. In addition, her experience has been as a consultant for both the U.S. government and private organizations based in Haiti. Her government job ended in 1982 when she decided to accept a job in Africa as Assistant director for Plan International, a private nonprofit organization. Working for the poorest of the poor in less developed countries she transferred to Haiti where she continues to work and live. She has travelled throughout Haiti and speaks and reads some French and is fluent in speaking, reading and writing Kreyol. She has a genuine love and concern for the Haitians and has rightly earned their respect and trust. Granny Bin has authored a book entitled “Bible Analysis (written in three languages English/French/Kreyol). Her second book “Guide to Travail (A worker’s handbook); and, On (Almost) Even Ground, a book written especially to help bridge the communication gap between parents adopting Haitian children.
During her tenure in Haiti she worked with families adopting Haitian children providing a love link between them and their adopted child’s biological family offering assistance when and wherever possible. Granny Bin opened a Missionary Guest home for mission teams, families and friends that come to Haiti to help. The hospitality house became a community outreach ministry where projects were designed and implemented to helped families become independent and to help young people develop into a model person living a life Jesus Style. The projects continue today.
Goal: Her goal is to continue working for the betterment of the world, to be a blessing to those that she encounters each and every day.
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 33: 13-14: The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men from the place of His habitation. He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth…” Granny Bin believes that if you understand the real meaning of Fear the Lord and keep her favorite verse written on your heart, you will always be a shinning light and willing servant for God.
Mission Team Leader
Family: Married To Sarah Ibbison
Vitals: Born In Ct. September 26th 1985
Do You Write With Your Right or Left Hand: Right
What is one thing that you like about WHHH?: They do all things in the name of Jesus.
Whos is the most influental person in your life?: My Dad
What inspires you?: People who give of themselves daily and make a difference in the lives of others.
Your High School Experience?: Get in and get out as quick as possible.
Life Long Goal?: To love God, My wife, My family and serve with all my heart.
Little Known Fact About Me: I'd like to write a book some day
Favorite Book Other Than Bible?: Any "TBD Decker" Fiction.
Favorite Icecream?: Coconut
Favorite Drink At Starbucks: Egg Nog Latte.
Favorite Junk Food: Any Baked Goods With Icecream on top.
Family: Married to Debra Coffey on Valentines Day 1979
Son: Stefan married Rebecca on June 3, 2010
Grand-daugther: Norah-Jean Coffey Paskewich May 3,2011
Vitals: Born in New London, CT August 31, 1955
How did you first start coming to Calvary Chapel: My Wife and I started it in our living room in.
Do You Write With Your Right or Left Hand?: Right
What is one thing that you like about CC?: The people who love God, His Word and His people.
Who is the most influential person in your life?: Chuck Smith
What inspires you?: Single Moms, because I think they are heroic
Your High School Experience: Highest Grade Completed was 8th grade and then when I was 30 I got my GED and took some courses for college.
Life Long Goal: To make a difference.
Favorite Restaurant: Indian and Asian Resturants.
Favorite Drink at Starbucks: Dont Drink Coffee.
Haiti Hospitality House Manager
First Name: Magalie Francois
Last Name: Baro
About: Born on November 20, 1992, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the mountains of Kenscoff, adopted at the age of 9 months by missionary in Haiti Pastor Barbara Ann Bineta Baro (Granny Bin). I have one more year before I finish high school. I love serving and helping people.
Goal: I want to succeed in life and become someone that share knowledge with others. My dream is to become a lawyer but I also want to work in helping my country and community in any way that I can. I want to continue with what my mom started and carry on her dream in seeing young people develop better in what they know and how to use what they know.
My Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 30: 11-12: You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Mission Team Coordinator
Mark LOVES Haiti
Family:Married To Jared Renzoni
Vitals: Bachelors in Business and instructs a College Manufacturing course.
What is it you like about WHHH: All in Gods will and timing.
What inspires you?: Those everyday heroes. Those people who unshelfishly make a positive and lasting impact on one anothers life.
Life Long Goal?: Love God and my family, worke super hard, pursue and fullfill Gods purpose. To walk in his highest purposes.
Little Known Fact About Me: A financial angel has just appeared and guaranteed you a workable salary for the remainder of your life. All of a sudden the 'have to make a living' burden and worry for money was canceled out momentarily. And of course your fear of failure has been temporarily misplaced. That means… 1.) money is not an issue, and 2) You are not allowed to discount of potential failure; Now, what would you do every morning when you get up until the sun went down if you didn't have to think about making a living and you knew that you wouldn't fail? What would you do? Two cautions: 1.) Don't discount the passion and the seemingly impracticality of the dream! Not at this stage….simply express the dream and don't discount it! The second caution is: 2.) Don't analyze anything yet, just express the dream!
In my first dream I would be an Archeologist/Photographer (just created a ‘new’ dual role here) with a focus in the sands of Israel. In my second dream I would be an Art Therapist…leading others into their ‘breakthrough’ moment through creative expressions.
Favorite Book(other than the Bible): C.S Lewis work, “Captivating” by John and Stasi Eldridge. This book has forever changed my own image of myself as our Father has uniquely created me. I have read this book two times relentlessly due to being truly ‘captivated’ in the midst of a personal chaotic season. The validation in the pages of this book unlocked my heart to finally see and believe my infinite worth as a daughter of God.
Favorite Junk Food: Nachos and Pizza are equally desired and consumed.
Family: Husband of Rebecca Paskewich and Father of Norah-Jean
Vitals: Born in Holyoke Mass. November 25th 1991.
Do You Write With Your Right or Left Hand: Right
What is one thing that you like about WHHH: I love the people that are a part. It feels like family and we are able to help alot of people out with their hardships and endeavors. The best thing about it is that we serve GOD! We doing His will and touching the lives of others.
Who is the most influential person in your life?: There isn't just one person there are several. The first being Jesus, the second being my wife, and the last are my parents who helped raise me to be who I am today. My wife helped me to become a better man than what i have been before and God blessed me with a little baby girl Norah-Jean. Norah-Jean has helped me to know how it feels to be a father and a role model.
What inspires you?: What inspires me is to help and protect people so that I can be able to share the love of God and lead others to Christ. I love the feeling of just seeing people laugh and smile that is really how I am able to get through the day. Also what inspires me is that I can be me and I love life in general.
Your High School Experience?: My high school experience has been the best that it could have ever been. I met my wife and I got to play football for a championship winning team. I was part of the Science and Technology Magnet High School. I made a website for my senior project to help fight human trafficking and slavery.
Any Hidden Talents?: I am dou ble jointed on my hands and feet.
Life Long Goal: Provide for my family love them and keep them safe. Help everyone that i can and to learn all i can. Also to fulfill Gods purpose in my life.
Little Known Fact About Me: I love to play guitar, I love horror films and I love to read facts about history and facts about life.
Favorite Books ( other than the Bible): I love Frank Peretti Books, C.S Lewis J.R.R. Tolkken, Brian Head Welch Save Me From Myself, David Batstone Not For Sale, Gary A. Haugen Terrify No More, Ancient Roman History, Myan History, Irish History, American History, Manuals, Computer Editing/Guide Books. Last Words Of The Executed by Robert K Elder, 501 Notorious Crimes by Paul Donnelley, Forbes Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, Entrepreneur, History of Great Musicians such as Bach, Paganini, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Armadeus Mozart, Ripleys Believe It or Not, Guiness World records Book and many more.
Favorite Resturants?: OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE! Chilis, Wild Bills Buffalo Wings,Steakloft, Five Guys, Blues City Cafe on Beale Street Memphis,TN, In and Out California,Texas Roadhouse, D'Andrea Pizza in Saratoga springs,NY, La Salsa, Rusells Ribs, Sonnys Real Pit BBQ in Merritt Island, FL.
Favorite Icecream: Anything Ben and Jerrys or Micheals Dairy.
Favorite Drink at Starbucks: Starbucks nothing. I like Bakers Dozen and Dunkin Donuts.
Favorite Junk Food: Butterfingers, Skittles, Reeses, Beef Jerkey, Potato chips, carrots, peas ,cream cheese and grape jelly.
Favorite Childhood Memory: My favorite childhood memory would have to be when I got adopted in Florida when I was 7 years old. It was the happiest moment of my life because I finally knew what it was to have a family and to have people that loved me and took care of me. The second best memory was when I was 8 years old my dad took me out of school early so that me, my mom and him could go and see Star Wars on the big screen for my birthday.