Brian and Ellyn Dubberly are members of First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount North Carolina. Brian's first visit to Central America was in 1996 while attending Appalachian State University, where he spent the summer in a sustainable development work-study internship. Brian started Salvadoran Mission Projects in the spring of 2010 to help with the Evangelical Methodist Church in El Salvador's mission to grow the community of faith through partnerships with churches in the United States. He is an United Methodist Volunteers in Mission long term individual volunteer, a North Carolina conference missionary and serves as the Volunteers in Mission coordinator for the Methodist Church in El Salvador. Ellyn is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving the Methodist Church in El Salvador in the area of Christian Education. She is developing and writing Sunday School Curriculum that will be used by all of the Methodist Churches in El Salvador and she teaches English at the Methodist School in Ahuachapan.
JUAN DE DIOS PENA
Juan de Dios was born in the city of Ahuachapan, El Salvador and grew up in a christian family. In January of 2004 he became the part-time coordinator of Volunteers in Mission for the Methodist Church in El Salvador. In December 2005 he left his job working as a financial officer for the city of Ahuachapan to be the coordinator for Volunteers in Mission full-time. In 2007 Juan de Dios was elected as the President of the Methodist Church in El Salvador and in 2019 elected Bishop while continuing to host national and international mission teams. Juan de Dios has a yearning to help people in need and to project the church in El Salvador as the middle of spiritual salvation while relieving others of hunger, misery, poverty, illiteracy, and the marginalization of so many wrongs that greatly affect the people of El Salvador.