On January 23, 2023, the Maranatha Volunteers International Board of Directors appointed Lisandro Staut as Maranatha’s new Vice President for Volunteer Services. In his role, Staut will manage all operations related to volunteers. Kyle Fiess, Vice President for Projects, will continue in his role of managing all field staff while also overseeing new projects and construction-related matters. Staut began working with Maranatha as a consultant in Brazil in 2016. Three years later, he moved to Maranatha’s headquarters in Roseville, California, to be the Director of Volunteer Services.

Prior to his work with Maranatha, Staut worked in marketing and communications for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brazil, holding multiple positions at the conference level. He also served as Manager of the News and Television Departments at Hope Channel South America, from 2011-2015. Staut has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Sao Paulo Adventist University in Brazil and is currently working on his Master of Divinity from Andrews University in Michigan.

“To serve God through Maranatha and be part of His mission in any capacity is the greatest privilege of my life,” said Staut. “It is a great responsibility now to join a very experienced leadership team that has the ultimate goal of building people. Thousands of volunteers accept God’s call each year to have an experience with Him and His children in the mission field. Our job is to make these service opportunities accessible to more people, and a life-changing moment for those who serve all over the world.”

Maranatha Volunteers International, a non-profit, Christian organization, mobilizes volunteers to build churches, schools, water wells, and other urgently needed structures around the world. Since 1969, Maranatha has constructed more than 14,000 structures and more than 2,200 water wells in nearly 90 countries around the world.