Carlos Guerra, Team Peru President
Carlos Guerra was born in Colombia South America. However, his family moved to the United States when he was only five months old. He grew up in a typical Latin family learning to converse more in English than Spanish.
After graduating from college with an Electronics degree he came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior. He decided to pursue Bible college at the Abbott Loop Bible College instead of entering the computer field. After the first year in 1982, Carlos went on his first mission trip to Mexico.
Seeds of the mission fields were planted in his heart, but his second trip was not until 20 years later when he traveled to Peru to visit the Woods. Since then Carlos has been making short trips to Thailand, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, visiting churches, orphanages and schools to encourage and make lasting friendships.
Carlos has been working as a Systems Specialist for the FAA for the last 15 years.
Carlos is a pastor at Abbott Loop Community Church in Anchorage Alaska where he is part of the prayer ministry team. He has a father’s heart to encourage and see the love of God poured out to his people. He and Janet have been married for 33 years and they have two adult children, Elias & Caleah, Son-in-law Cary, and a beautiful one year old granddaughter Leilani.
Mike Rawalt, Team Peru Secretary
Mike and Barb, his wife of 49 years, have been close friends of Walt and Mary Lynne for about 19 years. After a 22-year Army career, Mike retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. In the military, Mike worked in the fields of administration, personnel, safety and security. He also received his Masters’ Degree in Social Sciences/Human Relations. Both Mike and Barb received Bachelors Degrees in Theology from Beacon University in 2004, with Barb receiving her Masters’ Degree in Theology in 2007.
Mike was ordained Anchorage City Church’s first deacon in January 2007 and also joined the staff as Administrative Deacon. He has served as Administrator, Facility Manager and currently is serving as Safety/Security Manager.
Mike and Barb both accepted Jesus as their Lord in the mid-70’s and have enjoyed ministering in various capacities wherever their assignments have taken them. They have led home fellowship groups for many years and enjoy the lasting friendships and ministry that small groups provide. They currently enjoy mentoring younger couples, riding their Harley and spending time with their two sons Brett & Christian, daughter-in-law Suzi and many grandchildren here in Anchorage—-with a little hunting and fishing thrown in for good measure!
Lynne Anderson, Team Peru Treasurer
Lynne and her husband Mark have been close friends of the Woods since Walt’s days at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and have been ministry supporters from the very beginning. They have been happily married for over 33 years and are the parents of two grown daughters. Lynne has a degree in Civil Engineering and worked for BP Alaska before children and then home educated their daughters into high school. She has taught high school Algebra and a Comparative Religion/Worldview class in the past. She now serves as an adjunct algebra instructor at Alaska Pacific University, and also tutors students via Math Made E-Z, her home business. In her spare time she is a piano accompanist for choirs at local Christian schools and music festivals.
Lynne has walked with the Lord for over 40 years. Over the years she has been active in small group Bible studies and children’s and music ministries. Lynne and Mark love to travel and have made two trips to Peru, one of which was their November 2014 vision trip featured in a video and also the Team Peru May 2015 newsletter.
Mark Cialek, Team Peru member
Mark and his wife, Denise, live in Kenai Alaska. They have been married for 37 years and have two grown children and two grandchildren. They attend Kenai Christian Church in Kenai where he is a mission committee member. He is the founder and President of Kachemak Electric Co. Mark has a passion to see men rise up to their potential.
Mark brings much experience to the board of Team Peru. He was on the Board and eventually Board President of the Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna Alaska for 14 years and is involved in his community as a Nikiski Service Area Fire Board member and President. He and Denise have a heart for missions and Mark serves on a number of different mission and men’s ministry boards. Mark’s first exposure to the Woods and the Peru ministry was during a mission trip to Ayacucho in 2007.
Walt Wood, Team Peru member and Executive Director
Walt graduated from the Virginia Military Institute(VMI) in 1980 with a Civil Engineering degree. He spent most of his engineering career working for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, a job he enjoyed. He attended Abbott Loop Community Church in Anchorage Alaska, where he met and married Mary Lynne, his wife of over 30 years. They both graduated from the Abbott Loop Bible College in the mid-80’s. While at Abbott Loop, Walt and Mary Lynne led a small group and headed up the Greeters Ministry.
Walt served as a Captain in the US Army Reserves on Fort Richardson. He taught Social Studies, World History and Bible Characters at the Abbott Loop Christian School. He and Mary Lynne were also involved in local, state and national politics. All of these experiences prepared him for God’s calling in Peru.
Walt enjoys individual sports such as swimming, running, sea kayaking, mountain biking, mountain climbing and hiking. He also is a voracious reader.
David Bredeman, Team Peru member
David was born and raised on a small farm in Virginia. Having accepted the Lord at the age of thirteen, he always felt the Lord had special plans for him. At the age of twenty four he went to Peru to serve for nine months at a church in Lima where he met his future wife Emma. From there he went on to work with Youth With A Mission in Chile, studied language for a year in Costa Rica and studied at a one year Bible school in Ecuador with Christ to the World Ministries. He returned to Peru in 1989 to marry Emma.
David and Emma now have three grown children. They served in Peru from 2001-2014 where their passion was to care for pastors and missionaries. They have travelled to many parts of Peru to counsel and teach counseling and life coaching workshops.
The Bredemans currently live in the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia where David is a furniture maker and Emma translates books and interprets in hospitals.