From left: Mike & Cathy Hafner, Dan and Anne Strempke, Steve & Vicki Swigert, Brandy & Steve Young, Carrie & Mike Trenkamp, Faith & Steve Meinzen

 

Co-Founders and Directors

Brandy & Steve Young

Brandy is one of the Co-Founders of Field of Hope. It began with an email to the Hafners after her return from The World Race, a mission program that took her to 11 countries in 11 months. Here are excerpts from that email:

It’s something I would call “Field of Hope” based on Deuteronomy 24:19-21. God laid on my heart to create a platform for John Deere folks and farmers to give out of their “plenty” and help empower the poor. Not just to give charity, but to mobilize people to pull themselves out of poverty and create a sustainable living…

Steve married into the vision in 2014 and has been quick to lend his experience and expertise to further the cause.
Steve works at John Deere and Brandy works for their local church.  They live in Ankeny, Iowa.

Mike & Cathy Hafner

Mike is one of the Co-Founders and the Executive Director of Field of Hope. He worked for John Deere for 39 years, including 36 years in various positions with the Construction and Forestry Division and three years with the Ag and Turf Division. He is currently retired from John Deere and lives in Reno, Nevada.
Cathy is also a Co-Founder and the Secretary for Field of Hope.  Cathy has worked in a number of jobs, including media specialist and computer lab teacher in two elementary schools, admin assistant for three different construction companies, and personal assistant for a real estate agent.

Board of Directors

Steve & Faith Meinzen

Faith and Steve Meinzen recently retired from active careers with Hope Lutheran School and Deere & Company respectively. They lead the new Field of Hope outreach in India.

Faith was active as a Lutheran school teacher and musician for 19 years as well as an active volunteer and homemaker for 18 years raising 3 sons. She is a Stephens Minister assisting those dealing with grief and life changing events. She is  a master gardener.

Steve is a trained engineer but spent most of his career in Service and Marketing in his career with John Deere. He played an active role in training midwest farmers in utilizing machinery to improve efficiency as well as working on advanced systems in remote crop sensing and developing new markets in Brazil and other developing countries.  He is looking forward to using the skills he learned at Deere in his work with Field of Hope.

Both Steve and Faith praise God for his gift of salvation and are anxious to share that good news with the world.

Dan Strempke

Dan is serving as the Field of Hope Board President.  He recently retired from a career with John Deere.  His life verses are Matthew 28:19-20, and Micah 6:8.  “I see God working through Field of Hope and I am excited and blessed to be a part of it.”  Dan is married to Anne and they are the parents of two children.

Steve & Vicki Swigert

Steve and Vicki currently live in southern Oklahoma. Steve recently retired from the Noble Foundation and is starting a new career with the Choctaw Nation. Steve has an extensive background in agriculture.  Vicki recently retired from Human Resources.

Married for 35 years, Steve and Vicki have served the Lord in various places on short term mission trips, most recently with several agricultural projects in Uganda.

They have twin daughters who are married and three granddaughters.

Carrie Trenkamp

Carrie has recently accepted financial responsibilities for Field of Hope. She is a CPA who graduated from University of Iowa with Finance degree, followed by Accounting degree from Portland State University.

Carrie lives with her family in Johnston, Iowa, and works at Business Development at John Deere, specifically Precision Ag for our Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG).

She is married to Mike and they are parents to three beautiful children, Lily, Naomi, Miles. Miles and Naomi came from Ethiopia; Miles when he was 9 months old and Naomi a year later, when she was 2 ½ years old.

Carrie is extremely thankful to have the opportunity to give back through Field of Hope and to work along-side such amazing people. Field of Hope allows Carrie and her family to further live out Mother Teresa's words and mission, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love".