Meet Our Students

Multiple distinct backgrounds. Multiple crucial callings, one common goal: to take their leadership calling to a higher level as a result of their training at Trinity Florida.


Marlene's Story

Marlene Rice

Marlene Rice lived an exciting life before coming to Trinity Florida. She worked in Christian television, smuggled Bibles into closed countries, and assisted major organizations in their fundraising. But when Marlene went through a personal crisis, she knew she needed to be anchored more deeply in her faith. “Trinity came to my rescue,” she says…

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Jose Fortenez

Jose Fontanez

Jose became a father at the age of 16. He dropped out of school and got a job. His hard-working family had emigrated from Puerto Rico, and Jose was determined to take care of his two children. “I only had a GED,” says Jose, “but I always wanted to go back to school, to accomplish my education. Finally, in my 30s, I said, ‘It’s my time!’”…

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Samantha Spann Graduation Picture

Samantha Spann

Sam graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and after just six months of working in her field, she decided to return to TIU-Florida for her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. “I wanted to get it done before I was 30!” she said. “And I am so happy I did! It was hard, but by taking it one step at a time, I was able to make it through!”

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Jessica Waddell

Jessica was so uncertain of her future and where God was calling her to go after her Associates degree. However, not only did God guide her to Trinity Florida to complete her Bachelor in Christian Ministries but has also led her to continue her education here at Trinity. With her desires to lead in a multi-cultural aspect…

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Eduardo Desousa Portrait

Eduardo Desousa

Eduardo grew up in a Sao Paulo slum, surviving as a homeless child on the streets of Brazil’s largest city. Eventually, he took up residence in a Christian orphanage. He grew to adulthood there and remained at the orphanage as a resident staff member. An opportunity to visit Fort Lauderdale leads to a high school equivalency certificate. But the pursuit of Eduardo’s deeply held, lifelong dream requires some bigger changes…

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Amor Sierra Portrait

Amor Sierra

Amor fights the pervasive, horrific epidemic of human trafficking. As a survivor of a traumatic childhood fraught with sexual abuse, drug addiction and suicidal thoughts, she understands the feelings of trafficking victims because she has suffered some of the same injustices. But Amor realizes that although she had the heart and the background to provide recovery support, she needs more education…

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