Justin & Ashley Ross
Founders & Executive Director
Justin went on his very first mission trip to Panama in 1993, and his heart and life were forever changed. Since then, he has felt a strong calling on his life to be a part of international missions and to mobilize other believers to get involved in eternal work for the Kingdom of God. Over the past 21 years, he has trained or led over 1,300 missionaries to more than fifteen countries. In 2009, Justin and his wife, Ashley, served as full time missionaries in San Pedro Sula for 15 months, and during this time the organization now called Sparrow Missions was formed.
In May of 2013, Justin and Ashley moved back to San Pedro Sula, where they currently live and serve as full-time missionaries. Justin oversees the daily ministry taking place in the city and is responsible for training and leading local staff members. Ashley actively leads the women’s discipleship ministry, while also managing and coordinating short-term mission teams who are staying at the ministry house.
Justin and Ashley are also in the process of adopting two little additions to their family. Aaron and Graciela are two beautiful twins who Ashley and Justin welcomed into their family at birth!
Director of Operations
Brooke joined Sparrow Missions full time in January 2018 to lead the U.S. side of our organization. Brooke, who previously served summer staff over the past few years, has traveled to Honduras multiples times a year since 2013 and has a heart to see ministry take place in the lives of those often forgotten by the world. She is responsible for the day to day management of the organization and serves as the primary contact for missionaries, churches, and groups who seek to partner with Sparrow Missions.
Brooke will graduate May 2018 from The University of Kentucky with a degree in hospitality management and a business minor.
Steve and his wife, Alissa, joined Sparrow Missions in the summer of 2015 as long-term missionaries with the intention of running a transitional home for young girls who were aging out or being forced to government supported homes. After finishing language training, their plans were disrupted when one of their own children (2 biological and 2 adopted!) was diagnosed with autism and required therapy not readily available in Honduras.
Its wasn’t exactly their plan, but God knew the Kentucky office of Sparrow Missions was in need of some help! Steve, who had also previously served as a pastor in Kentucky and Arizona, was a great fit and thankfully open to staying with our organization. In November 2016, he transitioned into our U.S. office. Steve works with our long term missionaries and our online donations.
Steve and Alissa are parents to four beautiful children-– Katie, Kenzie, Gabriel, and Kiera and are actively involved in the community of Lawrenceburg, KY!
Eric & Roxanne Bowman,
Directors of Sparrow Missions Children’s Home
Eric & Roxanne Bowman will be the founding directors of the Sparrow Missions Children’s Home. Eric is an engineer with extensive experience in ministry, and Roxanne has her Ph.D. in nursing and is also a registered nurse and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. They are parents to two amazing young ladies—Tara and Ella. Eric and Roxanne have a passion for the Lord, for Sparrow Missions, for children, and for this orphanage ministry, and they are excited to live in Honduras at the Sparrow Missions Children’s Home to oversee the healthy growth and development of each of these precious young lives that God created and loves so much.
Director of Honduras
Cristian Lopez joined Sparrow Missions in January of 2013 as our Director of Honduras Operations. Cris, 26, was born and raised in San Pedro Sula and is one of three siblings. Cris is a servant and has been very instrumental in the growth of our Bordos and Ministerio Vida ministries. We are extremely blessed to have him on our team. He oversees and facilitates daily ministry within several of our ministry sites, including Ministerio Vida, the Sponsor a Sparrow program, and Los Bordos. Cris leads weekly discipleship classes for the older youth boys and serves as the Head Coach of Sparrow Football Club.
Cris graduated from college in 2017 with a degree in engineering, and also married his wife Claudia in 2017! In his spare time, he loves the game of futbol (a/k/a soccer), time with friends, or chilling out with a little video game action!
Sparrow Academy Director
Elena Cuestas-Faulkner joined the Sparrow Missions team in September 2013 as our Sponsorship Coordinator! 2016 Elena became the principal of Sparrow Academy. Elena has a heart for the city of San Pedro Sula, growing up in the nearby community of La Lima. Elena served with Sparrow Missions for several years as a translator, and many of our missionaries have been blessed by her contagious energy and smile!
Elena is Married to Dean Faulkner in who serves as our Director of Short term missions in San Pedro Sula. Dean and Elena have an english bulldog named Bubba! In her free time you can find Elena walking Bubba around the neighborhood.
Director of Short term missions
Dean came on his first missions trip with Sparrow in 2014. He instantly knew he was called to ministry in Honduras. In 2015 we welcome Dean to our staff in San Pedro Sula, where he began leading our short term teams through out the year.He is instrumental in our short-term mission teams, helping coordinate and plan ministry schedules that utilize our teams most effectively. Dean is also in charge of our finances on the ground in Honduras.
Dean got married to Elena in 2015. Together Dean and Elena have an English Bulldog named Bubba after the character “Bubba” from his favorite movie Forrest Gump. In his free time you can find Dean catching up on the latest movies.