Our Americas Children Leadership Team


Keith Durkin, now serving as the new Executive Director of Americas Children (incorporated as Children of the Americas) and his wife, Maya, have been ministering in Mexico for over 30 years.  Keith has been a missionary working in children’s ministry, church planting, pastoring, feeding programs and community development.  Maya has a background in both Christian and public education.  She has worked as a public school teacher, been a district Sunday School coordinator and worked as the director of a special needs school.  Keith and Maya have two lovely children Misha, 20 years old, is a fashion design student and A.J., 19, is attending Bible School. The Durkin’s passion is to pioneer and bring people to Christ.

Our Board Members

David W. Caldwell, serving as the President of the Board of Directors, has been involved as a lay leader in missions and ministry for over 35 years.  He has a Master degree in Missions (World Christianity) from Denver Seminary, has served as an associate pastor, and as a director at Compassion International. While David’s specialty is in the business-technology area (currently serving as a technology consultant in the healthcare industry), his lifelong passion has been for missions and ministry. David and his wife, Elvia, live in Colorado and have two college-aged children.

George Wakeling – George has served in many different ministry roles over the years – from starting foster family agencies, helping teens with drug and alcohol abuse programs, to founding a non profit that focused on reaching single moms, orphans and the  poor.  He also was the Executive Pastor at a church in San Juan Capistrano. He is gifted in administration and leadership and loves to mentor future leaders. He lives in San Clemente, CA.  George is recently widowed, and has 3 adult children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Carol De Graff (and husband Terry) – Carol is the Executive Director of Circle of Concern in Oceanside, CA, which brings volunteer teams into Mexico to make a difference.  She also serves several other non profit organizations overseeing finance and business.  Carol and her husband Terry’s roots go back to the Jesus Movement where they worked with Keith Green, one of the early Contemporary Christian Artists. They have 3 adult children and are expecting their first grandchild.

Christopher Marshall – Christopher currently serves as Vice President of Global Advancement with Kids Around the World.  A Christian organization formed in 1994 and affiliated with Campus Crusade for Christ that believes that churches around the world want to embrace the children of their community with the love of God.  Chris lives with his wife, Katie, and four children in southern California.