We Are…

…founder Charlie Strong and family, and the staff of Strong Missions, here to serve with you as you serve others in Christ’s name


The Strong Family

I, Charlie Strong, am originally from Victoria, Texas, and my wife, Angela, is originally from Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua, although she has lived in Costa Rica almost all of her life. Our daughter, Anna Elena, was born in Costa Rica in March of 2009. I earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. I worked in vocational ministry in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church for almost 10 years, including youth, campus, and local church ministry. I am a registered Individual Volunteer with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and although the work done here is ecumenical, all Strong Mission projects are also listed with UMVIM. God instilled within me a heart for work with missions while I was in my early twenties, and with time I have come to realize God has given me gifts and graces to make a real impact in the lives of the world’s lower income. The Gospel speaks very clearly to me of Christ’s call to be in ministry to the poor.

Through Angela’s life here and my travels and work within Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Russia, we have become acutely aware of a multitude of suffering children needing basic opportunities and resources not available to them due to their economic status. In 2003, Strong Missions was created to lend assistance to such children and their families as well as other deserving people facing struggles due to lower economic status.

Our guarantee to you is that if you join us in this work, whether is be a team trip of financial and prayerful support of one of our many children’t programs, that you will be able to make a real and lasting impression in the lives of the economically oppressed. In addition, you will develop a good understanding of the Costa Rican culture as well as a renewed heart for the mission of the Church to the poor.

          – Charlie, Angela and Anna Strong




Staff

Alvaro Torres

Alvaro Torres

Assistant Director

Alvaro is a native of San Jose, Costa Rica and a member of the Methodist Church in Alajuela. He graduated from University with a License in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management & Finances and a degree in Public Accounting. Alvaro began working with Strong Missions part-time at the end of 2004. In the following years, he also served as the Administrative Director of Finances for the Costa Rica Association of Journalists but resigned in 2010 to join Strong Missions full time as the Assistant Director.

Angela Gonzalez

Angela Gonzalez

Empowered Communities Coordinator

In addition to taking care of Charlie and Anna, Angela manages the kitchen at Strong Missions and helps with the logistics of the Loaves and Fishes feeding programs as well as Human Resources. Angela is currently finishing school for business management and hopes to run her own business in the future while still supporting the mission. She has a yellow belt in karate so make sure you stay on her good side!

Darryl Teske

Darryl Teske

Senior Program Assistant

Originally from Wisconsin, Darryl has been on staff with Strong Missions since January of 2013. Prior to that Darryl had been coming down with teams since 2010, including co-leading teams in 2011 and 2012, all the while feeling called to Costa Rica full time. Darryl spent his former years working in politics and campaigning but also enjoys music, sports, outdoors, and cheese.

Nick Varrell

Nick Varrell

Program Assistant

Nick joined the Strong Missions team in January of 2015 with the intent of expanding Strong Missions to Nicaragua and beginning to host teams there in 2016. Nick served with Strong Missions as a summer intern in 2012 & 2013 and is excited to be returning full-time.

Brianna Selch

Brianna Selch

Program Assistant

Brianna came on board with the Strong Missions team in September of 2016 just after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish.  She loves all genres of music and has a passion for singing, which was enhanced during her years growing up and singing in the church.  She loves all animals and refuses to kill anything, so don’t come to her if you see a spider and want it gone!

Roy Leon

Roy Leon

Program Assistant

Roy is a native of Barranca, Puntarenas; he enjoys walking along the beach and watching the sunset while the foam vanishes in his footsteps. Roy enjoys working with people and always seeks to change the conditions of poverty in communities. He Loves surfing, travel, practicing martial arts, reading, and problem solving. He has worked the last 10 years with local development, housing, and public space projects.

Wilberth Mora Gonzalez

Wilberth Mora Gonzalez

Construction Foreman

Wilberth began working with Strong Mission in 2005. He works closely with all the groups and enjoys getting to know the teams. He is a dedicated worker and a pleasure to have as part of the Strong Missions family. His wife Elisabeth also works as a cook and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. His English is better than he lets on, so feel free to quiz him on the worksite.

Warner Gonzalez Herra

Warner Gonzalez Herra

Construction

Warner began working with Strong Missions in 2010. He is Wilberth’s brother and it is fun to have the brothers working together with the teams. When asked what he likes to do in his free time, his response was a smile and that he liked to work which isn’t a surprise coming from such a hard-working guy.

Strong Missions S.A., Calle San Jose de Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica

phone: 1-512-614-8220 or 011-506-2444-0321 | e-mail: info@strongmissions.com

Specializing in short term missions trips to assist the children of Costa Rica