Discover our People

Mike & Carol Kurtyka


Carol and Mike Kurtyka have been in Europe since 2002 and were part of the team that launched Communitas’ original church plant in Glasgow. They have three adult children Harrison & Lily and Sophie. Mike is a trustee with CAI UK and also supports Upper Room church through a varied ministry to asylum seekers and…

Bethany Labue


Bethany Labue is married to Stephen and they have two beautiful daughters. Bethany has served with the Communitas International since 2004. She began as a recruiter and coordinator of short-term teams and internships while living in California. When she moved to Connecticut with her husband’s job, she began a missional initiative in their local city.…

Time on Staff 18 Years

Ronald & Newdeline Fidele Lamarre


Our ministry journey is spreading the Word of God throughout people in Pignon, Haiti, leading them to turn in faith to Christ, teaching the youth how to be closer to God, not a gun, supporting people in their needs, and encouraging them. Deut 15:11

Location Pignon
Time on Staff 1 Year

Jack LoMonaco


Jack is a native Californian whose life journey has led him to live in the Netherlands for the past 30 plus years. In 1985 he left his secure government job with the US Dept. of Treasury to do a 6-month Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). This ‘short-term’ missions experience was so…

The Longard Family


Leon grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, he moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. A year later, he and Tina began courting and were married in 1994. They spent most of the next thirteen years in the Twin…

Philip & Martha Matthews


Philip is from Ireland, and became a follower of Jesus as a teenager. Meeting together with other believers to pray and study the Word and sharing the Good News in his hometown very soon became a lifestyle.  Philip felt a burden for Ireland, as, although a very religious country, there were so few who knew…

Dianna McCartan


In 2000 I found Jesus in the middle of a divorce from a very abusive marriage. The healing, love and joy I have found propels me to want those who hurt the most to know the same in their lives. Doing ‘church on the street’ I love on the unsheltered in St Paul MN .…

Chris & Jasheen McKenzie


Chris and Jasheen have been living in Glasgow since 2003, though they joined the Communitas team in 2007. They have have two children: Gabrielle (27 Sept 2005) & Isabelle (18 Mar 2007). As children, Chris lived in Alabama, California and Germany, while Jasheen lived in Singapore and London, England. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts…

Melinda Means


The road to my current work in Berlin began as far back as my late teens. I grew up in Dallas and at 18, first moved to Europe as an exchange student in Germany right after high school. Although I made a few trips to Berlin as a tourist prior to the Berlin Wall’s fall…

Location Berlin
Time on Staff 19 Years

Dave Mueller


I recently “retired” from a 40-year career in journalism, public relations, and marketing communications.  But I’m not really retired!  While working part time as a freelance writer and editor, I’m also spending time teaching English to adults, whether they’re immigrants in the U.S. or English learners in other countries.  I’m also helping Communitas with its…