border fellows

Josh Allen was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and was raised in nearby Waynesboro. He returned to Charlottesville and graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in May 2018 with a BA in Spanish Linguistics and Minor in Economics. He was involved in Reformed University Fellowship and the Center for Christian Study at UVA, where he learned to value intentional community and outreach to marginalized groups. He has traveled to Guatemala and Mexico to work with ministries for children from abusive and neglectful situations. Seeing these difficult situations being transformed by God’s work instilled a deep appreciation in him for the significance of making a difference in children’s lives. Josh is looking forward to a new cultural setting in El Paso this year and is excited for the work of Ciudad Nueva and the Church of St. Clement.

Grace Genevieve Bartelt grew up in a Christian family of 6 with three older brothers. It has shaped her to be the tough, witty, goofy girl she is today. She turned out to be this interesting dichotomy of silly and lighthearted while at the same time observant, realistic, and introspective with a deep desire to learn.  Sports and outdoor activities have her heart, and she has a knack for the musical and theatrical. She has a determination to learn Spanish and about Hispanic cultures and all the nuances that come along with both. She has studied abroad in Granada, Spain for a 6-month period, and studied in a Spanish immersion program before arriving to El Paso. Her hopes for the future are to be a bilingual counselor after attending an appropriate graduate program, but she is open to whatever plans God has laid out for her in His will.

Abby Clark is a North Carolina native, and southern girl at heart. She was born in the coastal city of Wilmington, and was raised in Winston Salem. In December of 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America and a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has a passion for other cultures, and looks toward to the day when Jesus is worshipped by every tongue, tribe, and nation. In her spare time , Abbyenjoys writing, hiking, coffee shop hopping , and scuba diving (when she can!) She is so excited to dive into the community in El Paso, and feels blessed to be able to be a fellow for the 2018-2019 year.

Ellen Denzel is a 23 year old from Columbus, Ohio. Ellen studied Industrial Engineering with a Spanish minor at Clemson University in South Carolina. She enjoys being outdoors: hiking, sports, soaking up the sun... anything along those lines. She is very excited to begin this journey in El Paso and not only become immersed in the culture and people, but experience all that God has for her and the people she will encounter on the Border.

Mary Hudson King was born and raised in North Carolina where she was homeschooled up until high school. She graduated from Greyfriars Classical Academy in May, 2017. During high school, she was able to take college courses and graduate from Thomas Edison State University in December, 2017 with her Bachelors in Business Administration. This past year, she was in Honduras on a nine month mission trip where she served at a village church and taught first grade. She is currently serving on staff for her second summer at Lone Tree Bible Ranch.