7. Staff and Management Team
7.1.Our Key Personnel
Our management team gained their professional experience working in other institutions or
missionary projects. The turnover of key personnel is low and they have an average of 4.8 years at
Red ADvenir (the network itself has been in existence for a little less than seven years).
Richard Carrera is our current Director. A Trinidadian born, he completed studies in the
United States and joined Red ADvenir in 2004. He is responsible for the management of day-to-day
operations which include: overseeing all TV productions, managing the Spanish and Portuguese
teams, involvement in projects of other networks for which Red ADvenir uplinks the signal,
planning of TV expansion projects (either in Bolivia or worldwide), and cooperating with other GMI
projects on Bolivian territory. During his years as director he oversaw the successful implementation
of critical expansion and restructuring projects, including:
Personnel and management restructuring in 2006-2007 (at that time operations were
realigned, financial costs were reduced by 30% and employed personnel was reduced by
Integration, restructuring and launch of programming in Portuguese, with a local
production team from Bolivia in 2008-2009.
Uplink of three additional channels (two English channels and a Portuguese one) from
Bolivia, which included the move from a man-based switching system to an automated
solution (in 2009).
Jenny Mendoza acts as legal representative for Red ADvenir and for A.S.D.E.I.H,2 the umbrella
organization representing all GMI projects in Bolivia. She has much international experience,
especially in missionary work. She worked for years in Germany as a musical artist before her
conversion to Christianity. She also worked in Florida, United States, for Hispanic Americans in
evangelization and social services. After this experience, she returned to her native country of
Bolivia, and started missionary work there. For the last ten years she has been working with a prison
ministry that provides social and medical services to the inmate population of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
She is the Bolivian co-founder of the Red ADvenir TV and before taking the legal representative role
full time, she was involved in other areas of TV operations, including programming. Her job as legal
representative requires constant liaison with local and national government officials. She ensures
that existing as well as new GMI ministries operate within the law. In the last years she has
successfully spearheaded the following changes:
A.S.D.E.I.H. is an acronym for ASociación para el DEsarrollo Integral Humanitario. Translated: “Association for the
Complete Development of Humans”. This is the GMI run umbrella organization that oversees all projects in Bolivia.
The achievement of tax exemption for imports under A.S.D.E.I.H.
Bringing to full legal status the orphanage “Familia Feliz” and the “Richard Gates Technical
The launch of Radio Altiplano.
The provision of health insurance coverage for A.S.D.E.I.H. employees working for Red
7.1.3. Personnel Management and Deputy Director
Patricia Peralta López is the newest addition to the management team. She joined Red
ADvenir in 2008 and brought over 10 years of experience in various senior administrative roles,
both for secular and for denominational institutions, in areas of accounting, administration, human
resources and logistics. She presently acts as the Director´s deputy and assists in organizational and
secretarial matters. She is also in charge of human resources. This is a delicate position where she
has to balance volunteers, employees, different cultures, nationalities, and potential tensions between
local and international workforce. Her role has proven critical to the strong growth in personnel in
the last year and a half. The workforce at the TV premises has almost doubled following the addition
of a new TV channel (Portuguese), the integration of GMI administrative personnel for South
America, and the uplink of two more channels. Among her achievements was the opening of a
special health insurance policy for volunteers, not only for the TV Channel, but also for other GMI
ministries in Bolivia. This was providential, because last year there were several accidents and the
volunteers received full hospital coverage.
7.1.4. Head of Programming and Web Development
Margareth Hernández Rios is responsible for these areas. Before joining Red ADvenir she
worked four years as Head of (IT) Systems in Aeroenios S.A., Colombia. At AD Venir, she started as a
volunteer responsible for the administration of the TV’s web page. Today, she covers a dual role. She
still manages the TV’s web services, and also oversees the Spanish programming. This is a very
demanding position, which requires:
Scheduling of programs for broadcasting 24h a day, 7 days a week.
Screening of programs.
Following or leading projects to increase the variety of programs.
Overseeing the viewers’ communication to the TV.
7.1.5.Head of Accounting
Walter Valdez Aparicio served in senior administrative positions for over 20 years in the
financial area of several denominational institutes, including the Adventist University of Bolivia, and
ADRA Bolivia. He has worked and lived in several Latin American countries and is familiar with
different regulatory and accounting environments. At Red ADvenir he is in charge of the accounting
for the TV station and A.S.D.E.I.H. He ensures that all regulatory reporting requirements are met. He
manages all financials for the TV Network across Bolivia including Radio Altiplano in La Paz, and all
the antennas under Red ADvenir in the different cities of Bolivia. He prepares monthly budgets, and
also takes care of day-to-day activities at the TV station, like managing pay roll, pension fund and
health insurance requirements. He is also in charge of security for the TV premises.
7.1.6. Evangelist and Pastoral Coordinator
Pastor Remberto Parada has 36 years experience in various roles as youth pastor, district
pastor and as church administrator. He was in charge of projects with ADRA in Mozambique, Africa
and worked as a chaplain and head of human resources for ADRA Peru. Since 2002 he works as a
chaplain and evangelist for Red ADvenir. He is the liaison with local and international church
administration, and supports the network with all religious and church administrative issues. He
coordinates evangelistic campaigns both in Bolivia and internationally. He has recorded a number of
series for the TV Channel and has served as past administrator as well. He is active in addressing
pastoral concerns by personnel or viewers and supports the programming department on
Kelvin Flores worked as a technical engineer in the Universidad Evangélica Boliviana and
Red Uno of Bolivia. He gained much experience in technical systems and production. Currently, he
is in charge of maintenance for technical equipment at the network. He develops and improves the
technology systems for the TV station, oversees the maintenance of the antennas (in Bolivia) and the
satellite uplink system. He is responsible for supporting our viewers with technical questions and
helps cable companies to activate our channel. Some of his achievements are the:
activation of six channels for uplink (four of which are live).
migration from a manual to an automated switching system.
design and installation of low cost transmitters for small rural regions.
use of lesser known, but significantly cheaper technologies, for various aspects of
broadcasting. Some of these are in-house inventions and others come from China. The
savings run in the tens of thousands of US Dollars.
7.2. What motivates one to work as a volunteer at Red AD Venir
These testimonies of a few volunteer explain why volunteers are working at the TV channel.
Students mostly come to the channel because they are studying a career in Media (TV, Film,
Multimedia, Communications, Graphics), they usually have already some experience in the area of
TV and they are active in the areas of production, editing, graphics, and sometimes even in the
creation of programs. There are other students with different skill sets that also participate as
volunteers, although they are not as many. These are usually involved in the area of administration,
secretarial work, and clerical work within the programming department, etc...
Students come during vacation periods (summer break) or they take a year off from their studies to
volunteer at the station. Some of them want to increase their experience in the area of broadcasting,
while others are eager to have an experience in the mission field. All want to contribute in one way
or the other to the work of God.
Brenton came from Australia, speaking little Spanish and wanting to learn how to do Television
Broadcasting in South America (this can be very different from first world countries). He worked at
a number of projects. Learned how to speak very good Spanish and he was able to interact very well
with both personnel and volunteers.
Some other students come right after graduation and give a year or some months of volunteering.
This often changes their perspective on what jobs to look for in life. Ferran came from Spain after his
graduation from university in the area of Multimedia. He was active both in web design (he had
developed several sites for the church and church related associations in the past) and he was also
involved in the production of TV programs. He came with the conviction that truth needed to be
known and spread. The belief that we should all be a part of this work, led him to make the long trip
to Bolivia. After his experience in Bolivia, he chose to do further volunteer work in Singapore. His
focus remains on advancing the Lord’s work.
7.2.2 Young professionals:
Young professionals often come to the channel because of the inner conviction that God wants them
to invest more time in His work. They bring work experience and often accept positions of
responsibility to carry forward the work.
Margareth came to the channel after having worked several years in the IT department of a logistic
company in Colombia. It was a big decision for her to leave her job (her regular income) and come
for an initial year to volunteer at Red AD Venir TV in Bolivia. She was convinced that time was
running out and that she needed to do something for the Lord Jesus. At the Channel, after a brief
hand-over, she took over the management and development of the web site for Red AD Venir. She
had to learn to use new technologies and work much more with graphics. Under her leadership the
website expanded to include a lot more announcements of programs at the TV channel. She
eventually chose to stay longer at the channel. During this period she met another volunteer at the
TV Channel, Adonias and they eventually married. She is now director of programming. This is a
critical position that requires knowledge of both the programs and the philosophy behind the
programs. She is the main link between the audience and the channel. She is also involved in the
making of some programs and continues to be involved in web maintenance as time permits.
After that first year of experience, seeing how God had provided for her sustenance, she decided to
trust God for a much longer period of time and she is now engaged in the work of the ministry as a
long term volunteer.
7.2.3. Older professionals and families:
Scott came with his family from the USA shortly after the opening of the TV station. He took
technical control of programs production at the station. He has decades of experience in TV, both
with secular and religious organizations. He trained workers in Bolivia and was pivotal in arranging
the technology and a number of components for the TV Studio. The production and technology at
the TV studio still bear his mark today. He was asked by David Gates to come and be a part of the
ministry for a couple of years. He took the challenge, even though he knew that his salary would not
be sure. He moved with his family to Bolivia. This was a totally new experience for the whole family
and Scott still shares the experience as something that was different and challenging in a positive
way. Scott continues to assist the ministry from the US when needed.
Daniel came with his family several years after the station had been in operation; he brought his
expertise in the areas of accounting, IT and languages. He worked in all of these areas: strengthening
the administration, accounting and IT departments. He contributed to the translation and recordings
of several projects and continues to be active with the Red ADvenir, although no longer in Bolivia.
He came to Bolivia with the conviction that had been growing in him for several years; that he
needed to invest more time in the Lord’s work. He had been looking for a couple of years for
opportunities in the TV field. His study in prophecy brought him to the conclusion that God would
once again bring a great revival to earth and that many would work to share the good news of
Christ’s return. He met David Gates, during one of his visits to Switzerland. And found himself in
agreement with the philosophy of the ministry. He decided to go with his family for one year to
Bolivia. The experience proved challenging (as mission work often is), but brought also special
satisfaction, as he saw how God was using willing talent to reach millions.