Meet the Staff and Volunteers
In 2001, Mission to Amish People [MAP] started out in a small Sunday school room, located inside Bethel Baptist Church. As time went on, the ministry grew and before long, a second and third person were brought on staff. Since each Sunday school room was small in size, they had no choice but to keep branching out until the ministry had used up three classrooms. At that point, the church asked MAP build their own office space. Today the ministry is running their offices out of a 3,500 sq. ft. building, located about 500 feet away from the main church building. It is not uncommon to see between 20 and 30 volunteers working on mailing day.
Joe Keim, Staff
Executive Director & Founder
In 1999, while working as a tool and die maker at one of Ohio's local manufacturing plants, the Lord began to work in Joe's heart about taking the gospel back to his people and family. For over a year, Joe went through some tremendous struggles before giving up and making himself available to go wherever the Lord wanted him to go.
By April of 2001, the Keim family had raised just enough financial support through local churches and individuals that they decided to take the scary step, let go of Joe's secular job, and go into full time ministry.
Tina Duffield, Staff
Tina is married and has two grown daughters and four grand-children. She got saved in the fifth grade while attending a Vacation Bible School. It would not be until after she was married, though, that some wonderful Christian ladies would help draw her to the Lord by loving and mentoring her.
Today, Tina works as the secretary of MAP. Her job requires her to manage all the volunteers, run the Bible Club, order ministry materials, help with the finances, take calls, and about 100 other things.
Her prayer is that the Lord will always be able to use her for His work, no matter what that might be.
Rosa Werner, Staff
Rosa grew up and lives in Ashland, Ohio. She met the Keim family while attending high school with Rachel (Joe's Daughter) in 2006 and began working for MAP Ministry part time before attending college.
She is currently taking classes at Malone University and is in the process of earning a degree in business and accounting.
Rosa is very thankful for the opportunity she has been given to work at MAP Ministry and to put into practice the skills she has been learning at Malone.
Paul Miller, Staff
Director of Development
Paul is from a small town near Youngstown, Ohio. His wife, Christy, is from Upper Sandusky. They met in Ashland, got married in 2005, and now have two daughters — Hannah and Gwenyth. Paul majored in Bible, Religious Education, Biblical and Theological Studies, and Church History.
After some years in the general labor workforce, Paul now feels privileged to assist Joe Keim by helping in the following areas:
- Writing and formatting the Amish Voice Publication and Ministry Update
- Writing grants
- Starting and overseeing the Plowman's Academy, adult level Bible study courses.
- Hosting the Amish Voice Conference Line on the first Sunday night of each month.
Velda Miller, Staff
Mentoring and Discipleship
Velda grew up in an Amish community out of LaGrange, Indiana. In April of 2014, she accepted Christ as her savior and then left the Amish several months later.
In early 2018, she connected with MAP after watching a video series called "Breaking the Silence." After communicating with Joe for several months, she was brought to Ohio where she met with the board and interviewed for and accepted the position of "House Mother" for New Beginnings.
To read Velda's testimony in full, click here.
Rachel Garwood, Staff
Website and Social Media Manager
Rachel and her husband David have two children named Lily and Jack.
Rachel helped manage MAP ministry's website pages while in high school and at college. She then took over management of the website and social media pages after getting married and moving to the Columbus, Ohio area in May of 2013. She is Joe Keim's daughter and enjoys being able to contribute to the ministry on a daily basis.
Rachel Arnold, Staff
Rachel and her husband, Emery, have three children: Evan, Paden, and Cameron. In 2014, Rachel earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Liberty University.
Rachel began interning at MAP the summer of 2014, which lead to a position. Now, she is aiding the former Amish in GED studies and in obtaining birth certificates, social security cards, and employment; she instructs them on life skills as well as Biblical studies.
Rachel is very thankful that working for MAP allows her to grow both in knowledge and spiritually.
Norma Henry, Volunteer
Norma has been a widow for many years. She has four children and seven grandchildren. In 2002, she sold her restaurant, which she had owned and operated for fourteen years. After retirement, she realized that she had extra hours in which she could be of service to the Lord. She helps MAP two days a week, grading and mailing out lessons and certificates for the Bible Club.
Norma volunteers 2 days a week.
Miriam Yoder, Volunteer
Miriam and her husband Levi left the Amish when their children were still very young. For twenty years, they owned and operated a grocery store in Kentucky.
In 2004, Levi and Miriam started talking to Joe about their desire to move to Ohio and help out with the MAP ministry. Several times, they gave up on the idea that it would ever come to pass, but they also knew that if it was God's will, it would happen when the time was right. Month after month went by, and finally, in October of 2005, they made the big move to Ohio.
Miriam volunteers 2 days a week.
Jerry and Carol Gess, Volunteer
Jerry retired from working at General Motors and now works as chaplain of a large nursing home in Ashland. In 1987, both Jerry and his wife, Carol, gave Joe and Esther a home until they were able to get on their own feet.
Jerry and Carol have three daughters, three sons, and many grand children as well as great grand children; two sons have gone home to be with the Lord.
Jerry and Carol both have always been very involved in the MAP ministry and are very enthusiastic to be able to be used by the Lord to reach the Amish for Christ.
Jerry and Carol volunteer 1-2 days a week.
Linda Echelberger, Volunteer
Linda has four children and four grandchildren. She had always been curious about the Amish culture. After hearing about MAP Ministry through her church, she felt a desire to volunteer to do what she could. She says it is such a blessing to see the many lives being changed through the Bible Club.
Linda works one to two days a week grading lessons or putting them together getting them ready to mail.
Linda volunteers 1-2 days a week.
Bob and Jayne Coffy, Volunteers
Lesson Grader and Floater
Bob grew up in Waynesburg, Ohio and Jayne in Dalton, Ohio. They farmed for twenty plus years, and Jayne also worked for a local school district for twenty-one years, as well as church camp for 5-1/2 years. They currently have four children and thirteen grandchildren.
Bob and Jayne both have been involved in various ministries in their church and each made Jesus their Lord and Savior at a young age. They have served Him faithfully through the years.
Bob and Jayne heard of MAP Ministry through a co-worker. They invited Mr. Keim to speak at their church, and after hearing Joe speak, they decided to continue to serve the Lord through MAP Ministry after retirement.
Bob and Jayne volunteer 2 days a week.
Rhoda Brubaker, Volunteer
Rhoda grew up in an Old Order Mennonite community; both of her grandfathers were ministers in the Mennonite church. When she was driving by MAP one day and saw the Beyond Measure Market sign going up, she did some research and found that we are a ministry to the Amish. She had always had a burden for the Amish, so after meeting Joe Keim, she decided to begin volunteering.
God’s truth is important to her, and she is excited to see that MAP is sharing the truth and the Word of God. She's happy to be able to be a part of such a life changing operation.
Rhoda volunteers 1-2 days a week.