CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
RESCATE BALAM dIRECTOR - SAN RAYMUNDO
Samuel Houck is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology with a secondary focus in Human Health Science and a minor in Foreign Language. He is also a graduate of Tennessee College of Technology, where he studied Nursing. Samuel is fluent in Spanish and also speaks German and Kakchiquel (Mayan language spoken in Guatemala) at an intermediate level.
Samuel currently works as a Nurse and EMT in Nashville for the Davidson County Jails and Tennessee Department of Corrections. He also currently serves as Director of Rescate Balam and travels to Guatemala frequently to provide medic training in support of Balam founder and owner, David Lopez.
Since 2006, Samuel has been involved in medical and educational missions in Guatemala serving as a medical translator in Spanish and Kakchiquel for medical clinics both in and around the San Raymundo area. He’s also spent three months out of each year teaching special needs and struggling students at Morning Glory Christian Academy until 2013. In 2010, Samuel spent some time in Reynosa, Mexico, serving as a special needs teacher in an orphanage and was later offered a full-time position with this ministry. However, he prayerfully declined in order to continue serving in Guatemala.
Samuel was also on staff for 6 years with The Basement, a project of Kiros Ministries. The Basement was a Christ-centered ministry which provided a safe hangout for youth in the Fayetteville, Tennessee, area.
Samuel and his wife, Tiffany, live and work in Nashville, Tennessee, and serve together as Directors of CEIBA VIDA. For the past 4 years, they have been heavily involved in frontline anti-human trafficking efforts, specifically in the Nashville area serving with Last Call 4 Grace Ministries. They hold advisory board positions with For the 1 - Mary’s House, a local ministry focused on providing safe refuge for victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.