Wellspring of Life
Wellspring of Life includes ministries reaching not only El Doradito, but many villages and communities in the greater San Manuel region. Cornerstone Christian Academy and Cornerstone Christian Ranch are separate ministries but work together and are collectively Wellspring of Life. But there are also other aspects of Wellspring of Life that are not easily categorized into the Academy and School that include a desire to help an evangelical church get planted, and providing community support and outreach.
Where is Wellspring of Life?
Honduras is a country a little smaller than the State of Louisiana, with a population of about 9.5 million people. Honduras is located in Central America, south of Mexico, between Guatemala and Nicaragua, with El Salvador and a little of the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the Caribbean Sea on the other. It is mostly tropical - hot and humid all year. Honduras is on Central Standard Time and a plane flight from the U.S. is around 4-6 hours.
Where is El Doradito?
El Doradito is the town in which the Academy and Ranch are located. This rural village is approximately six miles south of the San Pedro Sula International Airport, the second biggest city in Honduras. The route from the airport to El Doradito starts on a four-lane highway, then a paved two-lane road, eventually a maintained dirt road becomes a rough dirt road. While in site of a larger town, El Doradito is very small.
Bob and Joyce Coder founded Wellspring of Life in 2000 as a ministry to provide fresh water through the construction of wells. Their efforts started in Haiti and later came to Honduras. After drilling several wells in Honduras, they felt God leading them to plant themselves in one place and disciple a village. They began working in El Doradito, a tiny village with just a few families.
disciple a village
In the years to come mission teams from the United States helped with construction projects and soon the village had many cinder-block homes and a church. In addition to the need for homes, there was a need for Christian education. So with the help of several teams and organizations, Cornerstone Christian Academy was started.
Due to personal health concerns, Bob and Joyce returned to the United States in 2016. They continued to make short-term trips to El Doradito, supporting the ministry and what God was doing.
building as a community
Between 2016 and 2018, college student volunteers came to the school to spend a year or more teaching and sharing God's love with the students alongside the Honduran principal and teachers. One of these students, Mollie, told her parents, Brent and Anne Ozanne about the school, and the need for help to sustain the ministry moving forward.
In August 2018, Brent and Anne, along with their daughters Mollie and Abigail, moved to El Doradito. And upon arriving Brent and Anne immediately assumed both teaching and administrative roles.
Brent also began working with several Honduran employees on desperately needed repairs. While the first few months were basically organized chaos, God met the need and moved the school forward. Brent was able to hire more Honudran teachers while another ministry, CEPUDA, constructed two new classrooms that allowed all 180 plus students to attend the school at the same time.
for the glory of God
In April 2019, the ministry was miraculously given a 75-year lease on 278 acres of abandoned ranch land a short drive from the school. The only stipulation was that it was always to be used as a tool to glorify God, a stipulation we love! The ranch is receiving donations of animals that are being used to train the children and families in the care of animals, to provide milk, eggs, and meat, and eventually to help the school become self-sustaining.
Our Wellspring of Life Team
All people who want to educate and equip with the Word of God in the San Manuel region of Honduras
Honduran Principal, Teachers and Staff hired by the ministry and working at Cornerstone Christian Academy
Short-term Missions Teams who make possible Vacation Bible Schools during the summers, Construction Projects; and help with administration, pastoral care, and community outreach
Sponsors of scholarships for students at Cornerstone Christian Academy
English Teacher Volunteers who serve as Assistant Teachers at Cornerstone Christian Academy
Honduran Locals hired by the ministry who work at Cornerstone Christian Ranch
Full-time missionaries working at Cornerstone Christian Ranch and Cornerstone Christian Academy
Students at Cornerstone Christian Academy
Financial Supporters of our full-time missionaries and the ministry as a whole
Board of Directors
Benefactors of resources used by Cornerstone Christian Academy and/or Cornerstone Christian Ranch
Board of Directors
Brent has always had a heart for leadership, mentoring and youth ministry. For more than two decades, Brent was the owner/operator of Ozanne’s Horseshoeing in the East Tennessee area. He has also served in many ministry roles including as youth pastor for his local congregation. He has been married to his wife Anne for more than 25 years. They have three daughters who are actively involved in the ministry as well.
Ben is a graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the pastor of Niles Ferry Baptist Church in Greenback, TN although he is originally from Tuscaloosa, AL. He has been married to his wife Jeanne for more than 30 years, and they are the parents of two adult sons, Daniel and Nathan. Ben and Jeanne love the mountains of East Tennessee and enjoy sharing the beauty of God's creation in the Smokies through their Airbnb rental business.
Gerardo “Tino” Fernandez is a local Honduran businessman. He and his wife Mirna have built their business together for 30 years. They are actively involved in their local church Gran Comision, which is located in San Pedro Sula. Tino has a passion for the Lord and a focus on serving others. Through his business, he ensures each employee has an opportunity to hear the Gospel while being taught how to be a follower of Jesus. Tino and Mirna have four children together.
Anne has a heart for biblical education which stems from homeschooling their three daughters. Anne is also a Registered Nurse and prior to her arrival in Honduras, she served at a local Crisis Pregnancy Center. Her and Brent’s passion is to see others grow in the wisdom and truth of a Biblical worldview through the saving grace of Jesus Christ.