Kristi was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ at a young age. In middle school, she began to understand what it meant to follow Christ with her entire life, and she was baptized. Upon moving to Tennessee at age 13, she became involved in her church’s student ministry. Her relationship with Christ grew as she went on youth retreats and mission trips, and during that time she developed a love for ministry. She served as a student ministry intern in college and later worked as the high school ministry associate.
Growing up, Kristi was a homebody and said she would never move too far from her family. That changed in 2009 when she went on her first trip to the Dominican Republic with her church. She felt at home in the community of La Represa from day one and soon realized her desire to live there was a calling from God. In 2013, she moved there with one of her best friends who felt the same calling to serve the children and youth of the community. She worked alongside a team of missionaries for three and a half years before moving back to Tennessee in 2017 for a much-needed time of rest and quality time with her growing family.
During her time in La Represa, Kristi fell in love with Alejandro, who she had met on one of her first trips to the community. He proposed in May 2017 while she was visiting, and the two were married in April 2018. Alejandro currently works in the sports ministry as the baseball coach, and Kristi manages child sponsorships as the Children’s Ministry Director. They are excited to finally be reunited and to serve as husband and wife in the community they both love.