Meet Our Team
Joe Dine is a native of Jamaica, New York, which explains a lot! Following his high school graduation, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force from which he received an Honorable Discharge after four years of service. Upon his return to New York, Joe pursued various career opportunities before becoming a meat cutter’s apprentice.
Joe was employed as a meat cutter in a large regional grocery chain in the Maryland, Virginia, DC area for 32 years beginning in 1973. During his 32 year career, Joe worked at various sites within the chain and concluded the last 20 years as a manager of multiple meat departments. His managerial experience allowed him to hone his people skills and to develop a motivational style that could be adapted to numerous and diverse cultural and racial settings.
As his food industry career was ending, Joe sought another career path to keep him busy. His people skills allowed him to become an insurance agent, selling multiple lines of insurance. For the past twenty years, Joe has been employed in both full and part-time positions.
As a member of Riva Trace Baptist Church in Davidsonville, Maryland, Joe has served in many and various leadership capacities over the past 20 years. He has served as a Bible study teacher, small group leader, outreach and men’s ministry leader, and sound and video tech, to name a few.
In 2012, Joe felt the Lord’s call on his heart to devote himself to full-time ministry. This call manifested itself after he returned from his first mission trip to Cuba in 2012. He has since organized numerous mission trips to different areas of Cuba. Each trip captured more of his heart.
As a Christian, he believes that he is called to establish an international ministry to support and encourage indigenous churches of other nations by assisting American churches of any denomination to partner with similar churches in another country. This vision has been realized with the birthing of Bridging the Nations Ministries International, Inc.
I was born in Jamaica New York to a blue collar, middle class Catholic family. I received the sacraments of the Catholic Church as a youngster. That was the extent of any mention of God in my family. I enlisted in the United State Air Force upon graduation from High School which was during the Vietnam “Conflict”. Honorably discharged after 4 years of service at the ripe old age of 21, I began my young adult life living the dream of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.
After numerous jobs and a failed attempt in business my then wife and I moved to Maryland, and not long after that we divorced. In 1977 God presented me and my live-in girlfriend with my son. I now know this was the turning point in my life, where God began to work in my heart and my journey to the relationship that would change my life forever.
In 1986, nine years after the birth of my son and 3 years into my second marriage to my son’s mother, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. From that day to this God has been doing a work in this sinner. I have made many mistakes on my journey and each time He has been there to lift me up and put me back on the narrow path.
Since becoming a Christian I have served in many different areas of ministry for Him. Beginning by mowing grass as a young new believer, leading youth ministry, teaching adult Bible studies, leading the outreach team and the men’s ministry in church, are some of the exciting areas of service to my special friend and Lord that I have been blessed to be a part of.
God is not finished with me yet! In 2012 through my local church, He led me to Cuba on a mission trip. During that trip and the ones that followed, I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me about the desire to serve in Cuba. Now today in 2016, having been led by the Lord and His Holy Spirit I find myself on this new exciting journey for Him, beginning a new ministry not only to Cuba but the world, Bridging the Nations Ministries International. So at the ripe of old age of 68 my Lord and Savior has answered my prayers and questions of “what would you have me do now Lord?” My life now is dedicated in full time ministry to Him and I have never felt so completed and full in my life. I thank Him every day for allowing all the trials and pain I have experienced in my life to bring me to this place. Thank you Lord, thank you.
DR. WILLIAM BLOOMQUIST
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Dr. William Bloomquist received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Texas in Piano Performance. He has played concerts throughout the United States, Europe and South America. After a number of years performing and teaching, he was called to worship ministry and has served as a Worship Pastor at the same church for 22 years. In addition to leading the worship ministry, he has excelled in administrative roles, supervising numerous professional and volunteer leaders. Dr. Bloomquist has been Board President of the Anne Arundel County Music Teachers Association, and now serves on the board as Treasure. He is past President of Board of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. He pioneered their Young Artists Competition, which is now an annual event, and he continues to serve on the Board and as the Competition Director. Both organizations flourished and grew during his tenure as President.
I was born in Douglas, Arizona and lived in Arizona until I left for college in Maryland. I was raised in a Christian home and my family was always highly engaged in church. I gave my life to Christ at a very early age and was baptized at the age of 6. By following the example set by my parents, I served in many volunteer ministry positions, beginning in high school, during college and for a number of years afterwards, while embarking on a career in music.
I met my wife Mary Ann, in 1982 while she was performing in a musical theater and I was subbing as a pianist. We were married the next year. After Mary Ann and I were married, we gave concerts in churches, led music for revivals and continued to volunteer in our own church as I worked on developing a classical music teaching and performing career. In 1992, I began to serve part-time as the music director at Riva Trace Baptist Church (RTBC) in Annapolis, Maryland. After serving there for two years, God’s calling on my life into full-time ministry was very clear. In 1994 I was ordained and became the full-time worship pastor at RTBC, where I continue to fill that role. When I look back on my life I can see how God orchestrated things to bring me to where I am today. I owe all that I am and have to Him. He has blessed me with a wonderful wife and daughter (Brooke) and has allowed me to serve in a church that is committed to changing the world for Jesus’ sake.
The books of Psalms and Philippians are favorites of mine and the following verse challenges me every day.
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of Life.” Philippians 2:14-16a
DR. JOHN TATTERSON
SECRETARY / TREASURER
Dr. Tatterson is a native of West Virginia, receiving his DDS from West Virginia University in 1968. Following two years of service in the USAF Dental Corp., Dr. Tatterson established his private dental practice in Annapolis MD in 1970. During this time he served as a treasurer in multiple dental organizations and as treasurer of his Home Owners Association.
Following his retirement from dentistry in 1995, Dr. Tatterson followed God’s prompting to be involved in missions at his local church in Annapolis MD. He has served as a short term missionary in several countries throughout the years. He has taught evangelism in Ukraine, Romania, China, and Cuba. He has travelled to Philippines to bring support and encouragement to an indigenous missionary. He has arranged for the container shipment of pastoral books and bibles to Cuba. He has led multiple mission teams to many areas of Cuba.
Born in a Christian family, I was raised being taught Christian values and morals. Until I went to college, I went regularly to church. Upon my marriage and soon after the birth of our first child, my wife persuaded me that it was necessary to attend church as we raised our family. While in the military we joined a local Baptist Church. After leaving the service, we continued attending and joining another Baptist Church. For the next twenty five years, I lived a lifestyle that resembled a Christian lifestyle. However, this was in my mind and not in my heart.
In my 52nd year, I was afflicted with severe clinical depression, which left me unable to continue in my career. Previously, I had been very self-reliant and prideful of my accomplishments. Now, I could not function in any meaningful capacity.
It was about this time that my wife encouraged me to attend a small start up church. One Sunday, the church had a visiting evangelist pastor as the speaker. In a room of 200 people, it felt as if I was the only person he was speaking to. Every word seemed directed to my heart and held the truth that I needed to hear. At the invitation, my hand shot up, I raced forward, and prayed the Sinner’s Prayer. In that moment, it seemed that all the cares and worries slide from my back. I had received a great gift – Eternal Life.
My life has not been the same since for more than twenty years. The preaching and teaching that I heard had new and genuine meaning. My mind and heart absorbed it continuously. Serving our Lord has allowed me travel the world, spreading the gospel, bringing encouragement, and witnessing. In my home church, I have been allowed to serve the needy in satisfying their hunger for more than ten years.
COORDINATOR OF ALL CUBAN LOGISTICS AND INTERPRETERS
My name is Orlando Valdes, I was born June 5, 1982. I was 11 years old when my parents separated. It was at this time that my mother and I moved. Due to the grief and heart ache my mother felt she began taking me to church. I accepted Jesus when I was 12 years old. I continued to attend this church eventually becoming the worship leader. But the Lord’s biggest blessing given to me at that time was my soon to be wife. We were married Sept. 16, 2004, we have two wonderful boys, Alejandro and Arthur. Before my marriage I was involved various different ministries. One of which was an Acapella group called Reborn, performing in various churches around Cuba. My family and I currently live in Havana city. My wife has served in a Southern Baptist Church for two years early in our marriage. Since the birth of our two sons she has felt the need to remain home and raise our children. I feel blessed to be able to serve the Lord along with my wife as we continue to grow in His blessing and am able to show His love to others.
I found the Lord had given me a gift of language at the very early age of 10 years old. I began teaching myself the English language. I entered Junior High Scholl at the age of 12. At that point in time I was selected to assist in teaching English classes. Upon completion of Junior High School, at the age of 16 I began assisting American and other groups visiting Cuba. At the age of 18 I was fast tracked in language school and received my Associates degree in the English Language. After receiving my degree I began being used as a translator at a local seminary, as well with traveling with many independent American religious groups as an interpreter. I have been able to use this gift over the last 15 years for both large and small groups.
Having had the opportunity to work closely with the individuals of Bridging the Nations Ministries Intl., it is a pleasure now to be able to follow God’s calling joining with them as the in country logistics coordinator for all Bridging the Nations Ministry Cuban operations. Along with my duties as logistics coordinator, I will continue serving the Lord as coordinator of all interpreters across Cuba.
RON & HEATHER ANNE RAHORN
VIDEO / SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCTION TEAM
Ron and Heather Anne Rahorn have worked as a video production ministry team for more than a decade. They have been building upon Ron’s training and experience as a military broadcast journalist, which began in 1987.
The pair met in Tempe, Arizona following their families’ respective mid-60s moves from Wisconsin (Ron) and Canada (Heather). They met the summer before Heather started high school and were married just three months after her 1972 high school graduation. The couple started their family just over four years later, and are blessed with three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Ron enlisted in the United States Air Force eight months after the wedding and spend his first 14 years of active duty in two different electronics career fields. He retrained into broadcast journalism in 1987 and served consecutive broadcast assignments in three countries – Turkey; Azores, Portugal; and Italy – before returning to the states as a military training instructor at the Defense Information School (DINFOS). The day following his June 1999 retirement from active duty, Ron was hired back into the same job as a civil servant, a job he continued to love until his civilian retirement over 19 years later.
The pair have produced videos for several churches and Christian ministries. They joined the Bridging the Nations team for a June 2017 trip to Cuba and have since produced more than two dozen BNMI videos.
RON & HEATHER ANNE’S TESTIMONY
Following their respective Catholic and Presbyterian upbringings, Ron and Heather Anne came to faith within two months of each other in late 1980. Having previously believed in justification by works, they each learned that faith is about relationship with a Savior, not a religion. Their prayer is that every video they produce is God inspired, and that He will use them to help make the saving name of Jesus known to all who watch them.