Eliseo Alvarado

Grounds and Maintenance

Josue Ronaldo (Ron) Hernandez, MBA

Director of Development

Tony Lopez

Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion

In 2001, Jay Dewhurst was active in building his business, but felt a desire to do more.  Having come from venture capital and then higher education, Dewhurst felt strongly that to make a long term difference for the poor, we must build their capacity from within.  Considering that the majority of significant change in history came from the poor, Dewhurst began to develop a 

Tonya (Sue) Dewhurst, CID

Events Coordinator

Dr. Jay A. Dewhurst, DSL, CCC


holistic approach to dealing with systemic poverty thoughout the world.

As Dewhurst developed what is now the Nehemiah International Model, researching and traveling extensively, and having fallen in love with Central America, he decided to open the pilot project in one of the most violent and poverty striken areas outside San Salvador.

In 2014 the ministry was blessed with an old resort property overlooking Lake Ilopango, just outside San Salvador.  Although it needed quite a lot of work, the property was perfect to have a resident based ministry including the centerpiece, Nehemiah International University.   The first class graduated in 2017 (ceremony in January 2018)  and now have alum working all throughout the economy of El Salvador.

In 2016, in addition to the university, the ministry formally started new programs that would truly address poverty holistically.  These programs include work with middle and high schools (ALF), health and health education, and economic and community development.

For 2018, Nehemiah International is expanding services and programs to have a significant impact on El Salvador.  

For specific information on programs, please go to the home page and follow the appropriate links.

Dr. Christine Schmalenbach

Pedagogy and Curriculum

Our key Staff

William Machuca

Assistant Professor of English 

Harold Monterrosa

Psychologist and Director of School