Depending on the type of conference, you will see all or some of the featured speakers.
Joe Keim and his wife, Esther, live in Ashland OH. Joe was born and raised in an Old Order Amish community about 15 minutes from where he and Esther now live. Soon after their wedding day, Joe and Esther came to the conclusion that they would have to leave their friends, family, and the Amish community in order to serve the Lord in freedom and grace. In 1987, they loaded up their belongings and moved into town where they started attending Bethel Baptist Church and using their God given abilities to serve wherever they could. In 1999, God called Joe into full time ministry to the Amish people. Today, he serves as executive director and founder of Mission to Amish People, a ministry that reaches tens of thousands of Amish people every year with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jonas Yoder and his family live in Princeton, Kentucky and serve as missionaries with Mission to Amish People and H.R. Ministries. Jonas was born and raised in an Old Order Amish Community. During childhood, he was taught that in order to go to heaven, he had to be obedient to his parents. He was also required to remain in the Amish faith, follow the ordinances of the church, and believe on Jesus Christ. The ordinances of the church were put together by the Bishop and other church leaders; they were arranged in an approximately 12-page long letter which explained how various aspects of the Amish life were to be regulated; it covered the behaviors and conveniences that were or were not permissible. Growing up, Jonas was taught to obey these ordinances without questioning them. Explanations as to why we did things the way we did were usually vague and responses such as, "you'll understand when you get older." For more on Jonas, click here.
Samuel Girod, the oldest of 13 children, was born into a Swiss Amish culture. At the age of 30, he suddenly realized that he had everything an Amish man is allowed to have. In spite of having everything, Samuel was very unhappy and depressed. In September of 2012, he walked away from his two properties and half-ownership in a construction company. With a duffel bag in each hand, Samuel traveled from Indiana to Ohio where he met up with Joe Keim. For the next two days, the two of them discussed God's plan of salvation. Finally, on day two, the Lord opened Samuel's eyes and saved his soul. Since then, Samuel has gotten married and now has three lovely children. The Girod family joined the MAP team in 2015. They continue to joyfully serve their Savior in Indiana. For more on Samuel, click here.
Pastor John Bouquet has been Joe and Esther's pastor since the day they left the Amish in 1987. For many years, John prayed for Joe and felt that God may one day call him into the ministry. When Joe felt called to go into full time ministry, John mentored him and has remained very influential in making the MAP Ministry what it is today. He and his wife, Sherry, have three sons and one daughter. Pastor John has been with the MAP Ministry since its beginning in 2000 and is very happy for the part that he has been blessed to play in the ministry.
Ephraim Stoltzfus, who was in the BBC Special "Trouble in Amish Paradise," is 34 years old, is married to his best friend, Amanda, and has been blessed with seven children. His family's goal is to glorify their Lord and see the lost find the One who came to save them. Ephraim's primary business is buying and transporting lambs and goats to Philadelphia, New York City and other surrounding cities for Arabic people. Ephraim and Amanda have made many friends among the Arabic people and trust that the groups of people they are working with are seeing Christ in them. Their ultimate goal is that God will draw these people to Himself and that the Lamb that was slain will receive the Glory that is His.
Pastor Chuck Vuolo has been married to his wife Diana for thirty-four years. Together, they have three grown children. Chuck pastored in Downingtown from 1986 to 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he was a full-time worker in the Amish community, leading Bible studies, counseling, evangelizing, and helping to nurture Amish believers in their newfound faith in Christ. From 2010 to the present, he has been serving, half-time, as a pastor of a church plant, New Life Community Church in Kingsville, MD.. The other half of his time is devoted to ministry in Lancaster County among the Amish, ex-Amish and others (mostly in the "plain community). His passion is to see people set free from the guilt and bondage of sin through the gospel of the grace of God in Jesus Christ and to help young believers to grow in their understanding of and commitment to God's Word.