Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Casa de Esperanza Christian Youth Ministries serves the ministry in four areas:

1. Provide encouragement and support.
2. Provide financial oversight and accountability.
3. Provide guidance through Biblical principles and policies.
4. Assist in fundraising.

George Mejlaender

George is a business attorney specializing in helping entrepreneurs navigate the multitude of decisions involved in starting and growing a successful business. George has also been in the oil and gas exploration business his entire career. Coming from a background in oil and gas exploration, George has represented and counseled numerous businesses involved in commercial construction, oil and gas exploration, real estate development, etc.

George and his wife of 24 years (Iris) have been active Members of the Encourager Church since 1997. They have two daughters, Amanda Mae (21) and Cecilia Marie (19).

John and Adela Passler

John and his wife Adela are the founders and have been the directors of Casa De Esperanza for seven years. He was self-employed in Houston for over 30 years as a commercial steel fabricator/erector.

John has three grown daughters and six grandchildren. He has been a Christian for 39 years and has been active in church, community and politics. John thanks God every day for the privilege of serving in God’s Honduras ministry to their youth.

Jeffrey Pereira

Jeffrey Pereira is dedicated to youth ministry. He lives in Houston with his wife of 21 years and has 3 beautiful children. Jeffrey has served for 20 years at Encourager Church in the youth, kids, and men’s ministry. He and his wife also ran the Hispanic ministry for Marriage Ministries International in Houston.

Jeffrey is the CEO of Agrigrow Services Inc. a full service landscaping company in Houston since 1999.

Kim Scott

If you were to ask Kim about her journey with Christ, she would tell you, Vacation Bible School helped her to feel like she was welcome in the body of Christ. She did not grow up in a Christian home, so she has a soft place in her heart for children who are raised without the knowledge of how much Christ loves and treasures them and wants them to have a hope for their future. Kim has served as a VBS teacher and coordinator at Clay Road Baptist Church in Houston, where she and her husband, Thad, have been members for over 20 years. The Lord has blessed them with five sons, three daughters-in-law and two precious grandchildren during their 34 year marriage. God has mercifully allowed Kim to expand her efforts to reach young people, preschool to tenth grade, with a weekly apartment ministry with Everlasting Love Ministries in NW Houston. She and Thad are also involved with Hope for Youth; an outreach that reaches out to junior high and high school, inner city students, from all over the Houston area. Three mission trips to Belize and one trip to the beautiful Casa de Esperanza in La Union, Honduras, has continued to fill Kim’s heart with a desire to make a difference in the lives of children. She finds much joy in reaching out to share the beautiful gospel message of hope and salvation in Christ and helping teach others how to know and serve him.

Marc Jankowski

Marc Jankowski is President of MJ Residential, LLC, a real estate investment company in the Houston area, specializing in restoring neglected residential properties to their former glory.

Marc came to know Jesus at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, TX, while a student at The University of Texas. His spiritual growth was nurtured at Houston’s First Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Director, and Deacon.

Although he was active in the church, it wasn’t until 2009 when the Lord turned Marc’s life around and Marc began to experience what it means to truly be “a new creation” through the Celebrate Recovery ministry at HFBC, where he also met John Passler, founder of Casa de Esperanza. Marc went on to serve in Celebrate Recovery, as a teacher and ministry leader at Houston’s First Baptist Church from 2010 to 2020.

He and his wife Marilyn currently attend Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, TX, where they are leaders in Re|Engage, a marriage enrichment ministry .

PO Box 430613
Houston, Texas 77243
(713) 931-1543