We are pleased to introduce our three newest staff members who we welcomed into the BCM family this Fall! Cassie Tundag has joined us as our Director of Ministries and we have two new EPA Fellows, Alyssa Lorenzo and Kristofer Smiley, who will be serving within our middle school programs. We hope you enjoy learning a little about each of them and we look forward to a new year of ministry together.
Cassie is excited to join the staff of BCM as the new Director of Ministries. Cassie has spent 10 years in vocational ministry in various capacities, the most recent being an associate pastor at a church in Dublin, CA. She is also a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God.
Cassie left her hometown in rural Southern Idaho to attend Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, and graduated with a BA in Psychology. She has had the opportunity to travel and serve people in various places and stages of life. She has worked with teenagers, college students, and adults of all ages. She has traveled to New Orleans, Mexico, Israel, El Salvador, Philippines and Hollywood on mission trips. Cassie is engaged to be married in December to a wonderful man who is a middle school music teacher. She looks forward to serving the community of East Palo Alto and our families.
Alyssa is originally from Austin, Texas, but going on 5 years now, the Bay Area has become a new home. In June 2015, Alyssa graduated with a Bachelors in Medical Anthropology from Stanford University, which fuels her interest in and heart for relational work and holistic healing. She first heard about BCM through a Christian fellowship on campus and was encouraged by BCM's community oriented vision and Christ-centered work. Alyssa loves working and growing as part of the genuine and joyful BCM family and is looking forward to what's to come. Alyssa is serving as an EPA Fellow in our middle school programs.
Kris was born in California and raised in the Middle East. Having accrued a significant amount of personal experience in healthcare and missional settings he completed high school in Sunnyvale in 2006, and a BA in politics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 2010. Post-graduation, Kris first volunteered at BCM through through an internship with his church, Highway Community. His experiences and time spent at BCM as well as a number of other non-profit ministries in East Palo Alto led him to begin his seminary degree at Fuller Theological Seminary (which continues to this day!). His heart for BCM is intimately rooted in a passionate, near obsessive, curiosity for what the Lord is doing among the youth in the Bay Area. Kris loves to read, drink tea, pray, sing and make good company laugh.