These are the laborers. The American and Brazilian missionaries who are taking the Gospel. 

Meet the Workers.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
1 Cor. 3:7

The Steidingers

The Steidinger family (including Mariah (2001), Jaelah (2003), Luke (2005), and Sierra (2008) moved to Brazil in January 2013 and attended language school in Campinas (near São Paulo). In December 2013, the family moved north to the city of Santarém, along the Amazon River. After spending five years in Santarem, the Steidingers are leading a group of National Workers west to the state of Amazonas. In addition to being a pilot and mechanic, Matt also serves as Executive Director of Amazon Salt and Light and as treasurer of the Brazilian mission Sal e Luz da Amazonia.

Jose & Fransisca

Jose and his wife Fransisca have 4 children. Their desire is to evangelize and train up leaders.

Fransisco and Auxiliadora

Fransisco and Auxiliadora were living in the small community of Barreira de Tambaqui.

Jadilson & Lauriza

Jadilson & Lauriza--Before moving to the state of Amazonas, Jadilson worked at a brick factory and together they were responsible for caring for a church of about 100 members.

The Paulos

Joao Paulo & Jercy--With their two children, Eduarda and Joao Victor, they now live in the community of Auxiliadora and are involved with children’s cell groups, leading worship, and evangelism.

Manoel & Zenaida

Manoel has been living and pastoring in the community of Calama for a dozen years. With little oversight from his denomination he has become discouraged and asked to join the team of Amazon Salt and Light. Him and his wife, Zenaida are committed to serving their community and raising up a team of local missionaries that will take the love of Jesus into the surrounding communities.

Meet the Board.

Andy Kaufmann: President

God used their mutual interest in international missions to draw Andy and his wife Marie together twenty years ago. They’re best friends and are blessed to be raising their four children in Central Illinois. Andy is president and majority owner of a commercial construction company and serves as a lay pastor in their local church.

Ryan Stoller: Vice-President

Ryan and Hope have made it their focus to “Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:17)”. They were married in 2002 and have 3 biological children. Ryan and Hope have also been foster parents since 2006. The Stoller’s own and operate a professional floor cleaning business in Central Illinois. As Matt Steidinger’s younger sister, Hope enjoys keeping them connected stateside. The Stoller’s feel blessed and excited to be part of taking the Name of Jesus to the Amazon Basin.

Josh Pflederer: Secretary

Josh and his wife Brinlee served as missionaries in the Brazilian Amazon from 2006-2017, serving with the Xingu Mission and Asas de Socorro. Josh served as church planter supporter and aviation mechanic, Brinlee served as a nurse, school teacher and English ASL teacher. Josh brings his passion for reaching the remote people of the Amazon and his experience of serving in Brazil to the Amazon Salt and Light board. They currently live in Central IL where 2 of their girls are in high school and one is in college.

Dan Ross: Board Member

Dan Ross is one of the founding members of Amazon Salt and Light in Medford OR. A member of Bear Creek Church, the founding church, he became involved in buying the first plane. He and his family have had two missionary trips to Brazil, one making water filters and another in Obidos building a church building. Having been to a number of villages along the Amazon basin, they have a heart for the people there. He is very excited about the new focus and direction of Amazon Salt and Light and the caliber of the new board members. Dan and his family have since moved to Wilsonville, Or. Believing in the mission and needs in the Amazon basin, they are very committed to the project.

Matt Steidinger: Executive Director

Matt and Janelle Steidinger have been involved in missions for 10 years. The Steidinger family, Matt and Janelle and their four children Mariah, Jaelah, Luke and Sierra, moved to Brazil in January 2013. After completing language school in Campinas (near São Paulo), they moved to Santarém on the Amazon River where they served for five years. In 2019, they moved further upriver to Humaita, a city located on the Madeira River (a tributary of the Amazon), to start a new base. Matt serves as base director and also as a pilot / mechanic. The whole family enjoys serving Christ as they minister to the river people of Brazil.

Kevin Thienes: Board Member

Kevin is a one of the founding members of Amazon Salt and Light. An ordained minister with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, he and Ginny have been church planters and pastors since 1983. Kevin recently retired from the role of Pastor of Prayer Ministries at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Boise, Idaho. Kevin will continue to be actively involved in advancing the Kingdom of God locally and globally.


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