Professor Bio's

Brief Bio on SALT Founder/Director, Gabe Agostini


Gabe Agostini, a native of Argentina, experienced the call to ministry at a young age.  After Bible school and ministry as a pastor, he left his home country to receive training in the USA.  At Nyack College, he met his wife, Judy Eck, who grew up in Chile as the child of full time missionaries with the C&MA church.  He then went on to earn his Master’s Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School prior to going into full time mission work in Lima, Peru.  In Lima, Gabe helped pastor a new church, taught at the local seminary, and was involved in many mission projects.  After adopting their son, Andrew, their mission work took them to Venezuela where they did leadership training to pastors throughout the country.  SALT (Support and Leadership Training) was born out of his vision to see pastors in more remote areas of Latin America receive training which they had been denied due to the expense or inability to access such training due to location. His ministry is also affiliated with Ripe for Harvest. He now lives in Wilmington, Delaware,  USA, where he directs and coordinates the entire SALT program of over 24 teachers, helping train over 1400 pastors and church leaders each year.  He also travels regularly and teaches courses himself throughout Latin America, with a special emphasis on the countries of Peru, Argentina and Chile.     

Brief Bio on Ron Newman, Ph.D.

Ron became a believer in his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University in 1973, and the Lord spoke to his heart to “bloom where you are planted” and be “salt and light” to the world.  He changed his major to psychology after the Lord gave him his lifetime verse (Isaiah 41:28-29a – “When I look, there is no one, there is no counselor, who when I asked, could give an answer.  They are all vanity.”)  After his B.A. in Psychology, he obtained an A.A. in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, then an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois in 1980.  He began his professional counseling career at that point, working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.  He earned his Ph.D. from Temple University in 1990, and began working as a psychologist in various programs at a community mental health center where he directed numerous programs.  During this time, he also co-founded and directed the CrossRoad program, a Christian counseling program in the secular agency.  In January 1998, he left to work in his own private psychology practice, and simultaneously began the Christian Counseling Consortium of South Jersey, a free gathering of both Christian Counselors and pastors which meet to this day in two separate South Jersey locations (  For a dozen years, he helped teach courses through the Urban Bible Training Center in Atlantic City, NJ (Global University at the end of this time).  Since 1993, Dr. Newman has been travelling to South America on annual trips designed to teach and train church leaders throughout South America, all with a full time missionary/friend, Gabe Agostini, the founder and director of SALT (

 Brief Bio on Paul Stevenson, Ph.D.

Paul Stevenson was raised in a Christian home, praying to receive Christ at age 16.  He attended a private Christian college, where he majored in Psychology.  He went on to earn a Masters in School Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Health Psychology.  He has worked as a School Psychologist, a Counselor and is currently a faculty member of Roberts Wesleyan College.  Paul has a passion for evangelism and has worked in a variety of ministries including helping to found a church designed to reach unchurched individuals.  He and his wife of 37 years often lead trips for the college to South America, serving in Peru, Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Brief Bio on Debbie MacIntosh

Debbie McIntosh has been a missionary in Lima,  Peru, for thirty years, working in the areas of church planting, Christian education, and counseling. She has an M.R.E. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an M.A. from Wheaton College in Clinical Psychology. She is a member of El Redentor Church in Surco and operates a counseling office, Live in Hope, at the church. She is married to Tim, and they have three grown children, Joel, Elizabeth, and Andrea.


Debbie McIntosh ha sido misionera en Lima por treinta años, trabajando en las areas de sembrío de iglesias, educación cristiana, y consejería. Tiene una maestría en educación cristiana de Trinity Evangelical Divinity School y otra maestría en Psicología Clínica de Wheaton College. Es miembro de la Iglesia El Redentor (Surco) y tiene un consultorio en la iglesia llamada Live in Hope. Es casada con Tim, y tienen tres hijos mayores, Joel, Elizabeth, y Andrea.

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