About Us



Mike Contreras

Co Founder, President


Mike is the co-founder and president of MissionConnect. Mike is just finishing his 23rd year as a supported missionary, training leaders in more than 15 countries on three continents. Mike was a foundational partner of the BAM Center in Puebla, Mexico and brings years of Business As Mission experience to the organization. Mike loves to camp with his family, travel the world, and is a student of global culture.


Board Chair

Shari became a Christian while in college and has since been involved in and supported a variety of ministries.  She has been involved in ministries that rescue individuals from sex trafficking where she has been able to use her degree in nutrition to help those who suffer from eating disorders due to abuse.

Shari has also taught in AWANA and middle school youth groups and has recently developed a passion to be more hands-on in volunteering in construction-based ministries, including many MissionConnect projects. She likes the feeling of accomplishing a big or small project, so being a volunteer with MissionConnect and serving on the board combines her love for ministry and projects perfectly.

Shari and husband Mark have two grown children who both live in Colorado Springs.

Jonathan Crowe

Board Member

,Jonathan was born and raised in Ontario, Canada by his parents who were involved in ministry.  He is the oldest of seven siblings and accepted the Lord at age 7.  

He has been married for 40 years to his wife Joyce and they have two married daughters.  Joyce and Jonathan have hosted and led many home Bible studies through the years, as well as doing two short-term ministry trips to Peru.

Jonathan’s field of expertise is in audio production where he worked for several Canadian radio stations.  In 1992 he was hired by Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, where he served for 24 years in the audio production of “Adventures in Odyssey.”  He is now retired but enjoying contract video production.


Board Member

Jonathan Peralta works as a missionary for Base Mexico, in the state of Michoacán. He was born in the colonial city of Morelia, which is located in central Mexico. He is 40 years old and was born in a Christian home and is Co-Pastor of the Zion Church in Morelia.

He is married to Ruth Gudiño, they have been married for 18 years. He has 3 sons, Joaquin (16), Jonathan (11) and Jared (5). He loves playing soccer and spending time with his family.

Steve Simpson

Board Member 

Steve became a Christian in his childhood and grew up in Southern California.  He worked in the health insurance industry for over 30 years managing three offices and 350 medical claim examiners.

Since moving to Colorado thirty years ago, he has worked at Focus on the Family in several capacities including director of the National Day of Prayer and Heritage Builders ministries.  After retirement, Steve worked part-time with the Colorado Springs Police Department as a Community Service Officer.

Steve and wife Roxanne have been married for 50 years and have two daughters and five grandchildren.  Steve and Roxanne have enjoyed volunteering at the YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado.  They have also been involved in a home Bible study for over 25 years.


MissionConnect Board and Staff, January 2024