7th May 2015

About Us

AgConnect Ministries – Who we are.

AgConnect Ministries emerged from a September 2004 visit that Les Yoder made to Moldova, as a follow-up to a January visit made by Jim Ranck, Leland Miller and Dan Ness where they conducted agriculture seminars. Out of that visit, 2 projects were formed which compared Moldovan practices of growing corn, to growing corn according to accepted US practices. Les Yoder went to Moldova to evaluate the success of those projects, and to determine if this was a work that should continue.

While in Moldova, Les received a Promise from God – Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will protect you everywhere you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” NCV. On observing the results of the projects and seeing the great needs, and the potential, he was filled a desire to help improve the plight of the farmers in Moldova. When he returned to the US, the 4 men met, and decided to form their own organization, AgriService Moldova, whose mission was to improve Moldova, one farmer at a time by providing education, technical and financial support. More about the work of AgriService Moldova can be found at their website www.agriservicemoldova.com.

In a 2011 visit, Les sensed a clear call from God that it was time that he devoted his energies to the work in Moldova. His vision was to expand the work of AgriService Moldova, providing a much more intense level of support, to build a network of other people and organizations who were attempting to do similar work, not only in Moldova, but other parts of the world, and to include humanitarian aid and Christian missions.

Les was diagnosed with cancer in September 2011, and underwent surgery, Chemo and Radiation treatments. That incredible journey taught him many lessons that he is able to share with people wherever he goes. He learned what it meant to depend fully on God to for everything that he has. He also learned what it meant to live moment by moment, focusing only on Jesus, not being distracted by the difficulties that life brings to all of us, but simply following Jesus’ command to “Come, follow me.”

With the granting of an extension of his life, Les made a significant career change, leaving his partnership in a Soils, Crops and Dairy Nutrition Consulting business. With the blessing and support of his family and friends, he founded AgConnect Ministries in 2013. He travels frequently to Moldova and other countries in Eastern Europe, providing agriculture expertise to many farmers and Ag businesses. To help support himself and the ministry, he formed a consulting company, Gen 2:15 Consulting LLC, using his many years of experience in agriculture in this manner.

Les and his wife of 34 years, Suzanne, live at 796 Bellevue Ave Gap, PA 17527. They are the parents of 2 sons – Shane, married to Katelyn – Lititz, PA; and Jordan – Portland, OR. They are members of Petra Church New Holland, PA.

 

AgConnect Ministries Board of Directors

President
Dan Hershey
3685 Leike Rd
Parkesburg, PA 19365
(610) 496-8815
dan@tricowater.com
Vice President
Herb Graybill
156 Hopkins Mill Rd
New Providence, PA 17560
(717) 989-5809
gliderhg@epix.net
Secretary
Joleen Reiff
716 Gualt Rd
Narvon, PA 17555
(717) 768-0644
joleenreiff@gmail.com
 
Treasurer
Karl D. Yoder
7 Oak Lane
Strasburg, PA 17579
(484) 614-8955
KarlYoder@comcast.net
Jerry Smucker
431 Beechdale Rd
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
(717) 656-3440
jksmucker@frontiernet.net
Spiritual Advisor
Pastor Jeremy Leaman
1175 Ranck Rd
New Holland, PA 17557
(717) 598-1288
jeremyl@petracf.org
 
Executive Director
Leslie D. Yoder
796 Bellevue Ave
Gap, PA 17527
(717) 278-8539
greatforage@gmail.com
Administrative Assistant
Joleen Reiff