Meet Our Team

It would be so nice to sit down with you over a steaming cup of Ethiopian bunna – the world’s best coffee – but until that happens, here is just a little introduction to our dedicated team.  We would be happy to answer questions so be sure to contact us about any facet of the work God led us to in Ethiopia.  Send an email or give us a call… 844-330-3990

Jason Barta
Executive Director
Jason fell in love with Ethiopia and its people after a mission trip in 2011.  He and his wife Andrea have four children, two of them adopted from Ethiopia. After much prayer with Andrea and their pastor, God opened this opportunity for Jason to volunteer his time serving the people in the land that is close to his heart. Jason owns Bottom Line Training Services in Washington state and his education and business experience have prepared him to capably handle the executive challenges of NewLife Ethiopia. Meet the Bartas

Joy Casey
Founder/Evangelism Director
Joy and her husband Dennis have raised four children and now enjoy time spent with their two grandsons. They have worked in the adoption field for 35 years with Joy serving as a missionary with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for much of that time.  Joy founded the work in Ethiopia in 2007 and continues to lead our evangelism program. Adoption and evangelism are her passions. God has ignited a great love for the land and people of Ethiopia, and she is privileged to work alongside both Ethiopian and American churches to bring glory to His name.  Meet Joy

Becky Burns
Program Administrator
Becky and her husband Jeff live in Portland, Oregon where Becky works from her home office. She began working in Ethiopia in 2008. Becky is our touchpoint for donors and handles all aspects of communication for the ministry including sponsorships, emails, newsletters, social and print media. Jeff has traveled often to Ethiopia as photographer/videographer.  Becky and Jeff have three grown daughters and three granddaughters. Meet Becky

Kim Koch
Kim, along with her husband Clark, has been involved with our ministry for many years – as monthly sponsors, generous donors and traveling to Ethiopia as part of our work. Her gifts of organization, thoroughness and attention to detail make her a perfect fit for all the administrative tasks she fulfills.  Clark and Kim have two grown children and four grandchildren.  They enjoy their home and community in Arizona where Kim works from her home office. Meet Kim

Abebe Getachew
In-Country Program Director
Abebe has been a trustworthy partner in Ethiopia since 2007.  His gentle guidance and wisdom coupled with absolute integrity make him a valued overseer of our work in Ethiopia.  Abebe is married to beautiful Abonesh and they have four children, one adopted from our orphanage.  Abebe’s two passions (after his family) are orphaned children and reaching the unsaved with the Good News.  He energetically reaches out to both.

In-Country Accountant
Every organization needs a highly trained, ethical accountant like Abonesh, bringing a wealth of experience to her job.  She approves budgets, facilitates wire transfers to project areas, prepares for audits and generates monthly financial reports for every ministry program.  NewLife’s financial health is in excellent hands!  Abonesh is married to Abebe and assists him with many of the other responsibilities for the ministry.

Ephrem Gebremariam
Orphanage Director
Ephrem is the director of our Mana Gammachuu orphanage in Shashemene and also oversees the kindergarten.  His education and prior experience with non-profits coupled with his ability to effectively interface with government officials makes him a key leader.  Ephrem is married and has two little girls.  Their family is active in Gospel Light Church in Shashemene. Meet Ephrem

Pastor Zerihun
Lead Evangelist
The 29 missionary evangelists working with least-reached or unreached populations are trained and mentored by Pastor Zerihun.  His expertise is in identifying and training leaders, planting churches and  evangelism.  But what is most valued about Zerihun is his integrity and vision.  He is a man of prayer and tirelessly pursues God’s heart to reach people with the Good News. Meet Zerihun

Children & Youth Evangelism Director
Miki has helped to start a ground-breaking outreach to kids and teens whose parents are new believers from several rural congregations in Ethiopia.  He has wonderful mentors and pastoral oversight to help him pioneer this much-needed ministry.  Miki is a newly married college graduate with a degree in psychology and many years of active ministry to street kids. He is passionate to see young people grow in their walk with Christ. Meet Miki

Abu Leliso
Kindergarten Teacher
Abu (Ah-boo) is young and not yet married but he is clearly a leader.  He lives in the village where the school is located and is actively involved in the church there.  He is passionate about bringing the gospel to all of the children in the school.  He had one year experience teaching first grade before he came to Mana Gammachuu.  By the end of the year the children should be reading and adding and subtracting simple problems.  His goal is to prepare them to enter first grade and reading is a must.

Chala Kabato
Kindergarten Teacher
Chala is married and has two young children.  He lives in a little town next to Bulbula and commutes to school.  As a certified teacher, he taught third grade for seven years prior to coming to our kindergarten.  His curriculum is music, art, introductory English, Oromo, basic math (counting and simple addition) and the building blocks to reading simple words.

Lelo Wariso
Kindergarten Teacher
Lelo is married and has three children.  He lives in a nearby village.  He is a certified teacher, which means he has a 10th grade education + 1 year teacher’s training.  He has three years prior experience teaching pre-school.  His goal is to teach the children to read, to count and know numbers, know colors & shapes and to be exposed to stories about Jesus.

NewLife Ethiopia
PO Box 731783
Puyallup WA 98373

NewLife Ethiopia is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

2021 Annual Report