MISSIONARIES & STAFF
Director of Training & Recruiting
The son of missionaries, Ricky grew up in New Jersey, Florida, and finally Texas, where he met his wife Sarah while attending Texas A&M University. Afterward, he studied Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and fell in love with CRI during that time. He and Sarah have two sons, Eli and Jack. Ricky connects CRI with the community by building relationships with local pastors, colleges, and organizations. He also develops intern and team training material.
Where Ricky calls home: Rockwall, TX
SPARK OF HOPE DEVELOPER
After finishing his undergraduate study in his home state of Wyoming, Braxton and a friend found CRI and took a trip overseas. Following two summer internships in Mozambique and an MA in History that focused on the country's destructive civil war, Braxton could not shake the sense that God was calling him to do something more in Mozambique. Joining CRI in 2015 as the project manager for Spark of Hope, Braxton works with project leader Ercylio to strengthen the ministry in the area of Bible literacy, discipleship, and education as well as to showcase Ercylio's vision to churches and individuals in the United States.
Where Braxton calls home: Powell, WY
Human Resources Manager
In 2004, Christa took the youth group from her church in Syracuse, New York, on a three-week mission trip to Mozambique. At the time, Christa was working as an LP Nurse. During their trip, she fell in love with the people and country. So in 2008, she and her family moved to Mozambique to serve as missionaries. In 2014, she moved back to the States to Rockwall, Texas before eventually returning to New York. Christa is involved with developing employee policies, clarifying staff insurance and retirement programs, and managing other human resource needs.
Where Christa calls home: Syracuse, NY
Anita was raised in South Africa. In 1985 she came to the United States to work with Cambodian refugees and met her husband, Dave. In 1995, they were leading a church plant when Anita was diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon healing, she embarked on a 40-day journey to Mozambique. In a roach-infested hospital, a woman accepted Anita’s message of the gospel on her deathbed, and Anita finally knew what mattered most: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these you did for me.” Anita and Dave now pastor their third church plant in Illinois, and Anita assists CRI with mobilization and recruitment.
Where Anita calls home: Chicago, IL
A native Texan, Kaley grew up on barbeque, queso, and Blue Bell. Since the 10th grade, Kaley knew she wanted to spend her life teaching women how to know God and study His Word. Kaley went to Texas A&M University and spent her spare time teaching women the Bible, discipling, and leading teams overseas. Before Kaley moved into full-time ministry she wanted training, this led her to Dallas Theological Seminary. After years in youth ministry, Kaley went on a trip with CRI to South East Asia where she trained local pastors' wives. Falling in love with women she joined CRI to help bring training to women locally and abroad.
Where Kaley calls home: Dallas, TX
Program Mentor and Coach
Kathy joined CRI in 2006 after going on a short-term mission trip to Dondo, Mozambique. God opened her eyes and heart to serving a people she had never encountered in her small-town beginnings in Iowa. She lived part-time in Mozambique for six years, walking with the poorest of the poor. In 2012, Kathy began to reconsider her plan for retirement and the “American Dream.” She realized her purpose is to be available and go for long as she is able. After this realization, her heart was broken again for a different kind of poverty—children and women in the sex trade in South Asia.
Where Kathy calls home: Cedar Rapids, IA
Child Sponsorships Coordinator
Cyndi’s involvement with CRI began when Alan Pieratt, President of CRI and long-time friend, encouraged her to make a trip to see their ministries in Africa. She and her husband had been supporters of the Pieratts and followed their ministry closely, and this trip was Cyndi’s first time overseas. She came face-to-face with real people who were hungry, who had children to feed, who faced the devastation of AIDS, and who were hopeless without Jesus. Cyndi lives in Minnesota and helps to manage the sponsorship program.
Where Cyndi calls home: Ramsey, MN
Jessica was first introduced to missions in 2007 when her family visited an orphanage in Mexico. She and her family continued to serve at that orphanage each summer for the next five years. As Jessica developed friendships with the children and heard their stories, she knew that God was calling her to share stories of children in need in a compelling way with those who could help. After hearing about CRI from a college professor, Jessica joined our child sponsorship team to be a voice for children in deepest poverty.
Where Jessica calls home: Dallas, TX
Founder & president
Alan and his wife, Melody, served as missionaries with WorldVenture in São Paulo, Brazil, for several years during the 1990s. As he worked in teaching, writing, and Christian publishing, his ministry extended to building relationships with street kids. After Alan and his family returned to the States in 1999, he felt a burden to begin a program that would focus on God’s poorest children and empower national leaders with a vision to impact their communities. This was the beginning of Children’s Relief International. Since that time, their work has extended to several continents and projects that take Christ to the poor through both Word and deed.
Where Alan calls home: Rockwall, TX
Vice President of Operations
Jason met his wife, Lindy, at a single adult Sunday School class in San Antonio in 2005. They moved to Rockwall shortly after so that Jason could attend Dallas Theological Seminary, and they became the parents of two daughters and a son. Jason serves by ensuring day-to-day operations of CRI run smoothly. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary.
Where Jason calls home: Rockwall, TX
Director of Communications
Melody grew up in Nebraska, where she met her husband, Alan. In the 1990s, they moved to Brazil, where they served as missionaries for several years and raised their three sons. Upon returning to the States, the Pieratts began CRI from the upstairs of their home in Denver. Melody comes from a background of interior and graphic design. She works with teams, donor management, and creative design.
Where Melody calls home: Rockwall, TX
Child Sponsorship Developer
A Texan hailing from the Gulf Coast, Rebecca began thinking about full-time missions in college and after her exposure to poverty in China for two years. She studied Media and Communication at Dallas Theological Seminary and originally joined CRI in 2010 as a communications intern. She now serves as a voice for children in deepest poverty by connecting them to sponsors, leading teams to our project sites, and developing sponsorship materials.
Where Rebecca calls home: Garland, TX
Growing up as the daughter of a photographer, one of Ashley's favorite memories is the first time her dad kneeled down and handed her his big clunky Nikon. While attending Texas A&M University, Ashley spent her summers overseas. During this time, Ashley discovered her passion to share stories of God's work overseas through the lens of her camera and with the written word. After graduation, she attended Dallas Theological Seminary to sharpen her skills as a storyteller. At this time she was introduced to CRI and immediately connected with their passion for missions to the poor. Now, Ashley serves as the photojournalist for CRI.
Where Ashley calls home: Garland, TX
ADAM & LAURA
INTERNATIONAL INTERN DEVELOPER
Adam served as a college pastor of Crosstalk Student Ministries at Texas State University. There Adam met his wife Laura in 2013, they shared a passion for Jesus and a passion for the lost hearing the gospel. They then married in November of 2014. Realizing how so many unreached people groups had no access to the gospel due to poverty, God began to stir in their hearts a passion for the poor. While pastoring at Texas State they took a group of college students from their ministry to Mozambique in the summer of 2016. It was on this trip that they felt God call them to go all-in with CRI in a full-time capacity to share the light of Christ with the lost and poor of our time. In January 2017, Adam and laura moved to Dallas, TX to join CRI. Adam serves as the International Intern Developer discing, training, and recruiting interns for CRI. One of their greatest joys as a couple is to equip and encourage young people to share their faith.
Where Adam & Laura call home: Dallas, TX
Keith & Holly
In 2015, Holly went on a vision trip with Children's Relief International to Mozambique. She fell in love with the Green Door Project and made it her mission to advocate and raise funds for families in need of a home. A year and two more trips to Mozambique later, Keith was called to use his talent as a designer and communicator. He left his corporate job to become the Chief Storyteller at Children's Relief. Keith and Holly both share a passion for taking Christ to the poor and have a heart for Africa, as one of their children was adopted from Ethiopia. They reside in Rockwall, TX with their five children. Keith and Holly enjoy date nights, fine food, a good cup of coffee, and time with their community group. Their home is always open to guests...if you can handle the noise!
Where Keith & Holly call home: Rockwall, TX
GLOBAL WATER PROGRAM DEVELOPER
Jessica, a business owner of a local marketing and branding agency recently joined our team after a mission trip to Mozambique Africa with the women's ministry team. She knew on this trip that her calling was to serve, love, and be a voice for the poor all over the world. Shortly after she returned home from her mission trip she sold her business of over 8 years and decided to use her skills and talents to work with God to bring water to those in need. When she's not here with her CRI family you can find her remodeling old houses with her husband Richard. Jessica and Richard love to travel, go hiking, camping with their fur-babies and spend time with family.
Where Jessica calls home: Louisianna
SHORT TERM TEAMS & HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR
Born and raised in the heart of West Texas, Meagan moved to Dallas to pursue a career in the fashion industry. After almost a decade of outfitting the Dallas elite Meagan left fashion to spend more time with her family. Today she is able to attend swim meets for her freshman son Easton, soccer games for her fourth grade son Bowen, and play Barbies with her first grade daughter Shelby in her free time. Meagan spent her formative teen years serving internationally through her church, and two years ago was blessed to serve the children of Guatemala through The Church at Buffalo Creek. Joining CRI in 2017 Meagan will provide short term team support, as well as pave the future of CRI through hospitality and donor relations. Her dream is to not only be the hands of feet of Jesus to the poor of our time, but to show her children what it means to serve.
Where Meagan calls home: Dallas, TX
Erin proudly hails from New Jersey where she was introduced to missions at a young age. Going on multiple missions trips in high school, both abroad and in the States, she continued the trend into college, going to Haiti in 2012 and 2013 and falling in love. Despite her ties to NJ, Erin always had the urge to ‘go’ and lived in Massachusetts, Northern Ireland, Illinois, and Honduras before moving down to Texas with her husband, Sean. Sean is currently a student at Dallas Theological Seminary striving for his Masters in Cross-Cultural Missions. As he pursues his degree, Erin is excited to work with CRI. She has a passion for youth and outreach, originally working as a teacher, but is looking forward to a new avenue of caring for the children of our world through the child sponsorship program. She would love to hear about any good books you are reading!
Where Erin calls home: Dallas, TX