Christine Tamara grew up in San Jose, California. In 2005 she graduated from Vanguard University earned her B.A. in Modern Languages. Upon completing her time at Vanguard she had the opportunity to attend the University of Salamanca, Spain in the summer of 2005 to enhance her passion for language, culture, and history of the Spanish language. As soon as she finished her studies she began teaching at Brethren Christian Jr. & Sr. High School in Huntington Beach, CA for a total of seven years. She taught all four levels of the Spanish language. During her last two years at Brethren she was asked to help lead and coordinate outreach events and community service trips for the student body.
Apart from her passion for teaching and equipping the next generation, Christine began to cultivate a new passion for providing resources, training, and empowering the Hispanic community through the Masterpiece Institute, which was founded by her husband, Rev. Fernando Tamara. For about two years Christine volunteered and coordinated workshops, training, and community outreach. Christine’s passion for advocacy and community development led her to be a part of Bread for the World’s Network and ultimately led her to participate with Bread by going to Washington D.C. to receive special training and use her voice to speak with congressional leaders. After her experience in D.C. Christine wanted to gain more knowledge regarding community engagement so she enrolled into L.A.B.I. College’s Faith, Work, and Economics certificate program. The FWE program trains Faith Based leaders to connect Sunday’s worship to Monday’s work by proclaiming that all work that is done inside and outside of the church is sacred and it matters. This program has better equipped her to serve with her husband as Associate Pastor for the Hispanic Ministry of Orange County First Assembly of God Church.
Christine joined Hispanic Access Foundation and has been serving in the Inland Empire as the San Bernardino County Project Coordinator. She is thankful for this role where she can connect with local clergy and share with them the importance of Biblical Stewardship and that their voices have a great impact in their communities. Christine has been married to her husband, Fernando Tamara, for 14 years. Together they are raising their eldest son Caleb, their daughter Melody, and their youngest son Jason. Christine resides with her family in Eastvale, CA.