Meet the Team

Hector was born in Mexico City, Mexico but grew up in Philadelphia, PA. At the age of 17 Hector was radically saved by an encounter with God in his High School parking lot and went on to study Bible Institute with the Florida Multicultural District in 2009. Hector has traveled to different states preaching the gospel and is passionate about missions. His desire is to train up leaders and for every student to hear about Jesus. He serves as Director of The Movement Atlanta and previously served on the counseling board for Projects for Haiti. Hector and his wife Nicole live in Canton, GA where they live with their son Judah Mateo and labrador retriever Samson.

Vanessa Martin is passionate about bringing smart logistics and planning to everything she does while sharing Christ and loving people. Vanessa graduated Kennesaw State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. This field of study has equipped her to work with non-profits for several years. Shortly after college, Vanessa worked as the Director of Volunteer Services for a local crisis pregnancy center for 3 years where she discovered her passion of sharing the gospel. Currently Vanessa helps SLD Youth with all things administration and serves as our Summer Camp Director. Vanessa and her husband Ryan are serving as the high school and young adults pastors at their home church, Freedom House. They live in Cartersville with their beautiful daughter Evelyn Amelia.

Ryan is a fun-loving entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of two local businesses.  He has built up extensive business management experience in former roles as President of a manufacturing facility in Midtown Atlanta and Branch Manager of multiple high profile locations for the nation’s leading rental car company.  Ryan studied business at Louisburg College and Georgia Southern University while pursuing his passion for playing soccer. Ryan is also an avid pilot and obtained his Commercial Pilot License from Aerowood Aviation Academy in 2012.  He and his wife, Vanessa, have been serving as Youth Pastors at Freedom House Church in Acworth since 2013.  In addition, Ryan is passionate about serving others as he has the opportunity and volunteers his free time as part of the aircrew in the US Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol performing Search and Rescue, and Disaster Relief.

Nicole aspires to live in a world filled with creativity, sandy shores on every corner and a heart for Jesus! Her dreams are to see people living life in the fullness and goodness of their purpose. Nicole is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Marketing. Through her time at a small Advertising shop in Atlanta she learned the importance of being a creative planner and thinker. Both of which help her partner with her husband as they serve the youth of SLD. Nicole is a passionate mom to Judah, wife to Hector and worship leader at her local church in Woodstock, Ga.
Josue Munoz is currently working as the Assistant Youth Director for SLD Youth and also serves as an Associate Pastor in his local church, Iglesia Refugio de Salvacion. Josue started serving the Lord at the age of 12. He’s currently married and enjoying life with his wife Jessica. He is passionate about Music, Nature, and animals. He is in the process to become an ordained minister from the Assemblies of God. Josue’s greatest desire is to see a young generation that can bring heaven to earth.

Pastor Alex Oquendo is a graduate of Ignite Internship, and the Assemblies of God Theological Institute. He is incredibly passionate about God, his family, and seeing the next generation awaken to what God has called them to, among other things. He is a self proclaimed coffee connoisseur and  he currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Bethel International Church in Spartanburg, SC. The Lord has taken Alex to Spain, Cuba, Nassau, Bahamas, and all over the US preaching the gospel. Alex has been in youth ministry for over 10 years, and has served as the District Young Adults director for the Florida Multicultural District. Alex believes that whatever God puts in your hands can be used to inspire people. It is this thought that even led Alex to become a Big and Tall Men’s Influencer, and has taken him into the world of fashion to shine the light of Jesus.  At the age of 25 he married his beautiful wife Ruth, and together they have two beautiful children, Gabriella Elise and Noah Alexander.