Amanda grew up in a broken home in Renton, Washington. She was invited to church by a friend at school and fell in love with God, ministry, and people from different cultures. After high school she moved to Portland, Oregon to do an internship at Mannahouse church and attended Portland Bible College, where she met her husband, Carlos. Carlos and Amanda are currently the Lead Pastors at Almacén church in Barrio Logan and have two daughters and wiener dog.
Amanda and her husband graduated with their degrees in Theology and spent seven years serving on the pastoral team at Mannahouse leading Spanish services. They began to feel the call to move to the San Diego-Tijuana region to plant a life-giving church. With only one church for every 3,000 people and nearly 60 percent of the population being Hispanic, Almacén has a massive bilingual mission field to reach in the San Diego area.
In her free time, Amanda runs a small business called Happy Campa Co, where she makes hand crafted clay earrings. Her passions include anything creative, travel, food, and coffee (especially coffee). She loves community and is passionate about creating environments where people can grow and do life together. One day Amanda would love to open a coffee shop that could be a hub for the community.
Although she is taking a break from school right now, Amanda plans to one day get a master’s degree in counseling, specializing in trauma and abuse. She is passionate about mental health and making sure everyone has access to the tools they need to move forward and heal their souls. Her dream is to be able to have a practice where she and other therapists can provide mental health care to those who would normally not have access or the funds to get the help they need.