Our Story

One Life is a non-denominational faith-based organization that seeks to unify, equip, and support local pastors and leaders in bringing dignity and hope to the forgotten people within Baja California, Mexico through a variety of holistic support services and community resources.

One Life

One COMMUNITY

One KINGDOM

Our Beginnings

Rob & Brenda Wall

Most foreign aid to the Baja peninsula doesn’t reach the San Quintin Valley, creating a ‘forgotten zone’ that extends south to La Paz. In the early 1990’s, Rob and Brenda Wall founded Stoney Creek Expeditions, an outdoor adventure and missions facilitation company that was actively managing trips to the Baja. While reaching and helping many in this way, Rob and Brenda felt God calling them to go beyond what they were doing.

In 2007 the dream to reach this area and support the existing work of local indigenous organizations was born. In 2009 the Los Olivos campground was purchased, strategically planting One Life in the San Quintin Valley. The campground serves as the Mexican headquarters for One Life, while also operating as a recreational park, and a gathering place for the surrounding community.

Today

One Life believes in establishing long-term, interdenominational relationships with the local community and its leaders.

One Life continues to serve the people of the San Quintin Valley by building long-term trust, encouraging and supporting children’s education, supporting and mentoring local leaders, facilitating healthy opportunities for community fellowship and unity, and helping meet basic human needs such as housing, food, and hygiene, as well as emotional and spiritual support.

REMEMBERING
TRISH WEINS

Our dearly loved friend, sister in Christ, and co-worker, Trish Wiens, passed into the arms of Jesus on January 20th after a battle with ALS.

She had served with One Life since 2010, beginning as a volunteer, later joining our Board of Directors, then becoming the anchor of our Canadian staff as Operations Manager.

Trish was an example for us all. She had a passion for One Life’s vision in San Quintin, a deep care for each of our staff members, and an unwavering faith. The One Life family sends our love and prayers to her family and we thank God for the eternal impact that Trish has left on this ministry and our lives.

ONE LIFE (UNA VIDA) TEAM

Mexico Team (San Quintin)

Manuel began serving with One Life in 2018. As Executive Director of the organization in Mexico, he provides leadership to the ministry and Los Olivos park staff teams. He manages the everyday affairs of the ministry and is a key connection point between our Mexican and Canadian staff. Manuel is married to Anarely and they have three children: Saith, Christopher, and Nicole.

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Manuel de Jesus Morales
Executive Director, Mexico

Hipolito (Poli) Ramirez Nazario grew up in Puebla with his family, but at the age of 16 he moved to Baja California. He came to know the Lord in 2013 and married Belen, the daughter of a local pastor. Since then, Poli has grown in his faith and actively served in his home church and community, and in 2019 he and his family were blessed with the construction of a home by One Life. Poli joined the One Life team in September 2021, working alongside Arturo & Heather in pastoral care and community outreach. Poli & Belen have a 6-year-old son Yeshua, and are expecting a new baby in June 2022.

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Hipolito Ramirez Nazario
Los Olivos Caretakers

Antonio serves God as a pastor at the Biblical church Spring of Living Water in San Quintin. However, the roles does not have a salary and Antonio had been doing sporadic manual labour for his livelihood. As he was preparing to be married, him and his fiancée prayed to receive guidance from God and for Him to provide a more stable job. God opened doors and answered his prayers to be able to join the One Life San Quintin team. Antonio assists with the maintenance of the park grounds and also with the house builds. Antonio says, "every day I want to give my best, knowing that I work for a Christian ministry that loves God and its neighbor."

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Antonio Rivera
Los Olivos Groundskeeper

Flor has been part of the team at Los Olivos for a few years. She runs the gatehouse and store at the entrance to the park. She also takes care of cleaning all the buildings on-site, making sure they are ready for those who use the park.

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Florinda Mendez
Los Olivos Gatekeeper
Canada Team (Chilliwack)

Coralie’s job experience was varied before realizing a gifting for administration. She came to One Life with 5 years’ experience and is excited to use her God-given gifts to both be a blessing and be blessed by this ministry. When she’s not serving at One Life, Coralie enjoys singing, cooking, reading, going for walks and hikes, watching detective shows, and spending time with her family.

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Coralie Dowedoff
Canadian Operations Manager

Karen has over 20 years bookkeeping experience and is very pleased to be working at One Life Ministries. It has always been her desire to serve the Lord with the gifts He has given. Karen enjoys reading and has recently taken up gardening as a hobby.

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Karen Bruneski
Finance Assistant

One Life has had a huge impact on Dakota’s life with many family members involved with the organization – she even met her husband through OL! Dakota has volunteered with OL from a young age and and has seen the amazing growth of the church community in the San Quintin Valley over the last 15 years. Dakota currently serves on the Canadian team as our Mulit-Media Producer.

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Dakota Vugteveen
Multi-media Producer

I'm a Guatemalan living abroad who loves singing, traveling, exploring, has a deep respect for all animals, and enjoys being involved in community work. After helping out as a translator over 10 years ago on my first mission trip back in my home country, I knew I wanted to dedicate my time and skills to work alongside others for a brighter and better future. I believe starting this new chapter with One Life was part of God's plan for my life and it's an enormous blessing that's already teaching me a lot.

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Keila Jerez
Administrative Assistant

Board
of Directors

Rob Wall
One LIfe Co-founder, President

Brenda Wall
One Life Co-founder, Director of Finance

Randy Stark
Chair

Chris Climie

John Frede

Phil Hills

Tony Rahnborn

Danielle Gagner