Church Engagement Trips


Andrew Gearhart

I have had privileged of working in international ministry for around ten years.  Before Compassion, my family and I served for seven years on the pastoral staff at a Church in Tauranga, New Zealand.  My wife Veronica and I have two little girls, Lydia and Millie, who keep us very busy.   Our family loves to read stories, eat yummy food, and laugh together.  I serve as a Short Term Mission Trip Planner and Leader for the Central USA region.  I believe in the power of a good cup of coffee (Pour Over, Chemex, Drip, Aeropress, French Press …I am not biased).




Carmen Hernandez

Bio to be added soon!




Chris Burley

I grew up moving as a result of his father being in the Air Force. As is the case with many military families, answering the question, “Where are you from?” became challenging. However, Colorado, where I attended high school and my family still lives, has become home.

After high school I moved to California to attend Vanguard University where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business. During my time at VU I had the opportunity to travel to India and Mexico where I saw not only economic poverty in a way he’d never seen before but also the impact that churches were having in the lives of people living in poverty. After graduating I led trips through VU and with the youth at my church.

I decided to continue my academic studies and moved to Australia to pursue an Advance Master’s Degree in International Studied at the University of Queensland. I have grown to have a passion for international affairs and poverty alleviation. After moving back to Colorado I worked for a non-profit organization that works with communities to alleviate poverty and strengthen communities as a whole. In 2016 I moved to Compassion where I now serves as an International Trip Planner. 

My wife Abby met in Colorado and are blessed with a son, Oscar. We love Indian and Thai food and get out into the mountains when then can, though they both miss living on the coast. We both love music, movies, coffee, cooking, and the opportunity we’ve had to journey through life with close friends.




Daniela Groves

Growing up as a missionary kid, Daniela spent most of her childhood in Cataluña, Spain. She attended Missouri State University, graduating with BAs in Global Studies and Spanish, also minoring in Mandarin Chinese and Korean. Daniela had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in China, South Korea, and North Korea. After joining the Compassion family back in 2012 as an intern in Human Resources, Daniela has since served in different roles in Marketing, Global Advocacy, and most recently in Global Program as a Project Manager. In her free time, Daniela enjoys the Colorado outdoors, hiking fourteeners, running, traveling, learning new languages, volunteering in the foster care system, movie nights, puppies, and spending time with family and friends. In her words, “I am so excited to be joining the Compassion Trips and Visits team and to have the incredible privilege to share Compassion with others!”




Debbie hershey

I have had the opportunity of ministering and training internationally in over 13 countries prior to coming on board with Compassion.  Formerly trained by Youth with a Mission.  Doors begin to open to lead and train teams from my local church and an organization called Women with a Mission for over 7 years.  I previously worked at Compassion in the Distribution Center with the Mail Service Dept. and helped with administrative support for my team.  I am now currently working as a Vision Trips Specialist and loving my role.  I am originally from Scappoose, Oregon and love the North West but enjoy the Colorado weather a little more.  I have three children and nine grandchildren.  I love to help set up events and parties in my spare time as my family continues to grow it gives me many opportunities.  My passion is to help others know their potential in Christ.




Jodie hartfield

After 13 years as a stay at home mom I came to work at Compassion first as an international trip leader and then started full-time as an international trip planner.  I was born in Maryland, grew up in Washington state, raised my kids mainly right here in the middle of the country, but I will always call the Pacific Northwest home. I have been married to my husband Andy for 17 years and we have 4 children. Drew is 15 and loves all things Colorado. Alexis is 13 and loves the stage–especially dance. Micah is 10 and has kept us on our toes since the day he was born (10 days early and my husband almost missed the whole thing). Leah is 8 and the baby of the family who keeps us all laughing. We were in youth ministry for many years and then felt God calling us to live with an unreached people group in the jungle of Tanzania. We sold everything, condensed our lives into 19 pieces of luggage and hopped on a flight for our first ever trip to Africa in March of 2013. We were part of a team who planned to live among the Matumbi people for 3 years, learning language and culture while building relationships, with the hopes of sharing Christ in the Muslim village. Much to our dismay, God had different plans and in just 3 short months our family was sick, broken, and on our way back home to the US. Because we couldn’t live forever with my parents, we bought a 19 foot travel trailer and spent a couple months in that as we traveled across the US trying to figure out where God would lead us next. We landed back in CO where most of our connections were and I got a job with Compassion as a trip leader. After moving 18 times in 5 years, including living on the road, with both sides of our families, in a 600 square foot home in the jungle, and a travel trailer we are very happy to be settled again in Colorado Springs where we are trying to give our kids a sense of “normal” for a little while.  I plan and lead vision trips with Patricia’s team. Most of them are Church Engagement pastors trips.


I think I could come up with a million fun facts but one of the coolest things our family has done recently was travel last summer to Nicaragua. We spent two weeks at a Spanish language school and then got to meet our Compassion sponsored child! The picture of our family here is when we were in Nicaragua and went on a zip line tour on Mombacho Volcano.



Ken Webb

Bio to be added soon!