At CALMS we go out of our way to nurture relationships. We serve as a bridge between partners in North America and partners on the ground. We work as closely as possible with each. We strive for the same among our staff.

In our quest to be the very best stewards of financial resources, CALMS staff work from home offices and collaborate utilizing the best technological tools available today. This has allowed us to attract the highest caliber mission professionals — regardless of their geographic location — and eliminate traditional ‘brick & mortar’ expenses from our administrative overhead.

  • Mrs. Lori Newhouse serves as our acting executive director from her home office near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Mr. Charles “Carlos” Cohen serves in a city nestled in the mountains of southeastern Guatemala.
  • Mr. Milton Castillo coordinates CALMS work and serves a congregation in Panama City, Panama.
  • Rev. Hector Morales coordinates CALMS work and serves a congregation in Sébaco, Nicaragua.

We are grateful for many evangelists, pastors, teachers, catechists, deacons, deaconesses, and community leaders who are the true leaders of this work. We believe that short-term teams are at their best when they support and complement these local leaders who are on the ground week in and week out. It is our privilege to serve them!

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

First Peter 4:10

Milton Castillo

Country Director – Panama

Milton has hosted scores of short term teams over the years. He has a wide range of interests and a special gift for helping teams synthesize new experiences as he introduces them to his beloved Panama. Milton is a disciple of Christ. His spiritual gifts include faith, serving, and teaching.

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Charles “Carlos” Cohen


I never imagined myself being a missionary – after all, what training did I have?

It turns out that many parts of my background, such as having experience in language, education, and music give me confidence in my weekly work.

When I began in 2012 I really wasn’t sure I could manage in the missionary life, but God has showered many blessings.

One great joy has been working with and getting to know CALMS teams as they share their faith in the villages ringing our mountain.

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Héctor Morales

Country Director – Nicaragua

The Rev. Héctor Morales is passionate about serving in the mission of Christ.

As an ordained pastor in the Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua (ILSN) he has served as a pastor and missionary in Matagalpa, Jinotega, and Sébaco.

Héctor is married to his sweetheart, Cristina, a deaconess in the church. Their union has produced three wonderful children: Karolay, Marissa, and Isaac.

Pastor Héctor is an excellent host for the teams. He loves serving with them as they get to know the amazing people of Nicaragua.


Lori Newhouse

Acting Executive Director

Lori’s background in a congregational setting and her service on the CALMS Board of Directors prepared her well to serve as our acting executive director during this season of transition for CALMS.

Lori and her husband, Mark, enjoy travel and are always interested in new projects. Lori and Mark and adult sons Tony, Mitch, and Corey have served on mission teams in Guatemala together.