In April of 2012, during a ministry leaders conference in Tacoma, WA, the vision for Seed2Life International was planted in the heart of our founder and board president, Brian Hetzer – by helping to resource and equip churches and ministries around world, we help them fulfill their God-given purpose to serve others and share the Gospel.
Just a short couple of months later (June 2012) seven friends with a similar passion gathered in Yakima, WA for our first board of directors meeting and officially established Seed2Life International. The initial board of directors included Brian & Debra Hetzer, Joel and Mallory Huibregtse, Mark Hesseltine, Kristi Andring (now Smith), Tamera Ralston and Danielle Beaudry (now Smith).
We envisioned Seed2Life being a catalyst for helping people help people. Not only did we want to equip those on the frontlines of serving those who struggle in their communities, but we also desired Seed2Life to be an easy way for people with resources to share to be able to strategically do that in ways that provide tangible, life-changing impact they can be proud of.
As our Seed2Life story continues to be written, we are excited for the opportunities God brings to partner with Him in restoring hope and transforming lives. As a team, we are in great anticipation for the amazing stories that will continue to be written as we invest into life-changing ministries, missions, and churches all over the globe. Isaiah 58:10 tells us that when we feed the hungry and help those in trouble, it’s then that our light will shine! We are excited for what lies ahead as we help to support what God is already doing around the world to continue shining the Light of Christ into communities.
Some years ago, I wrote out my Life’s Vision & Purpose – ‘To maintain an intimate relationship with Jesus; seeing His truths come alive in my life as I live a servant life that inspires, encourages, and blesses those around me. I envision myself helping churches/communities to develop sustainable Kingdom growing outreach ministry and helping individuals in the Body of Christ to discover their Kingdom purpose and ways to serve God through it.’
God has continued to fulfill His purpose and vision for my life. Over the years I’ve served in a variety of church and faith-based nonprofit leadership roles, including board chair/executive director of Love INC of Yakima, Director of Outreach at Stone Church (Yakima, WA), Volunteer Coordinator for Horizon Hospice (Spokane, WA) and Volunteer Program Supervisor for Feed My Starving Children (Mesa, AZ).
I also earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University.
Today, I am excited to serve as part of the leadership team of Seed2Life International.
I desire to see people know they are loved by God and that He has a beautiful plan and purpose for their lives.
I’m most passionate about helping those who are lost, broken, and hurting. Lives are changed and miracles are seen when we share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s through His love and mercy that broken lives are mended and hurting hearts are healed. I’m excited and honored to be a part of the Seed2Life team!
In addition to exhortation and giving, I have the gift of administration. I look forward to using my gifts and experience to assist Seed2Life International in helping others see their ministry goals become reality.
I am looking forward to what God has planned for Seed2Life and personally serving as part of the team. My life experiences have given me compassion for the poor, lonely, elderly, disabled, and especially orphans. My personal mission experience began in the home with foster and adopted children and has taken me to Mexico and Guatemala as well. I hope to be involved with many more trips; being the “Hand of God” to hurting people all over the world. It is a privilege to be part of the Seed2Life team; doing my part to help enable other ministries to be effective for the Kingdom of God.
Development and Fundraising Director
I am excited to be serving as part of the Seed2Life team, helping ministries have the best opportunity to fulfill God’s purpose for them. Utilizing my experience and skills, I look forward to helping Seed2Life develop healthy fundraising strategies. Personally, I like to spend time with my church community, color, watch movies, exercise, cook, and hang out with family and friends. I’m a NAU (Northern Arizona U) graduate and a unique fact about myself is that I can do a backflip just about anywhere!
Missions Research Analyst
I lived in Malawi, Africa for two years which taught me a lot about God, the world, and myself. I saw first-hand how various ministries and churches tried helping the poor, but it did not work out. I believe Seed2Life is doing amazing work to empower churches and ministries to reach the poor. I love to write, tell stories about people and experiences, and serve any way that I can. I believe I can help with identifying churches/ministries that are in need and make them known to the organization and potential donors. Additionally, I can use my writing and storytelling abilities to help people become more interested in helping the poor.
Prayer Team Coordinator
Over my 58 years of serving Jesus it’s been through the difficult seasons that I’ve learned the power and peace that comes from spending time with the Father in prayer. I’m excited to join the Seed2Life team as the Prayer Team Coordinator. My passion is praying for ministries and the needs of others and to see people find the freedom that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus. I believe prayer is the key to heaven and faith unlocks the door. I believe that God is calling His people to pray.
I am passionate about sharing Christ with others. I’m also a 3rd year Anthropology student and an avid violin player. I love playing tennis, hiking, writing, music, learning about social issues and community service.
Goals of mine include learning to speak Taiwanese so I can communicate better with my grandparents and to ride a hot-air balloon over the Swiss Alps!
Social Media & Marketing Specialist
I consider myself a semi-Arizonan, having moved back and forth between California and Arizona. Currently, I live in Mesa and serve as an associate pastor. I love spending time with my wife Megan and kids, Paisley and Caleb. I’m also a fan of all things sci-fi and geek. Photography, reading, BBQ, movies and rugby are big interests of mine (in no particular order).