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USA Staff

David Castillo

Child Sponsorship Director

David is a foster and adoptive parent who has served in ministries in Korea, Peru, Ecuador and the United States, focusing on child sponsorship programs. Following a 27-year career in the military, he served full-time as a Children’s Pastor for 7 years and now continues his child advocacy ministry with Eli House Mission. He attends Grace Point Church Medical Center and serves each Sunday on the security team. David owns a photography business specializing in kid’s sports and astro-photography. He and his wife, Dorothy, and their children live in San Antonio, Texas.

Melodie Sommers

 Trip Coordinator & Administrative Assistant 

Melodie is from Hartville, Ohio and a small business owner.  She has been involved with facilitating short-term teams to Eli House for over four years and also helps with administrative duties. She enjoys reading, cooking and being outdoors.

Brianna Sommers

Administrative Assistant & Media Manager

Brianna is from Hartville, Ohio and a 2018 graduate from Lake Center Christian School. She helps with social media, translation, and is the website manager. She also helps facilitate short-term mission teams, among various other duties. Brianna enjoys reading, playing sports, and baking.

Chris Smith

Bookkeeper

Chris is from Magnolia, OH and is married to her husband Shawn. She has a passion for assisting others with organization through administrative work. She enjoys weekend trips to the mountains, and loving on her family, dog, and goats.