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Our Staff

Fritz and Cindy Meier (Directors)

Fritz and Cindy, our base directors, oversee all aspects of the ministry.  Their oldest daughter, Cherise, is married and has two children; Tiffany and Philip are young adults. Tiffany is a talented artist and attending college; her card collection can be found in the office and on Gleanings’ website. Philip was one of the fruit plant managers last summer and is currently attending a Discipleship Training School. The Meier family lead worship together and have traveled worldwide leading outreach teams. They have been at Gleanings since 2003.

Fritz′s Peach Poem                                     
Our Personal Newsletter
Tiffany's Card Catalog

Rod and Colleen Lawrence

Rod and Colleen came to us from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada, joining our staff in May of 2005. Their son Kent plays football in Canada; their daughter Kaleigh attends Vanguard University. Rod supervises truck maintenance and the wood shop, as well as directing ministry to our backpackers.  Colleen is our member care coordinator and serves on the leadership team.

Newsletter Summer 2017

Newsletter December 2017

Eliane Erickson

Eliane is from Switzerland. She completed her Discipleship Training School at Gleanings in February 2008 and joined staff in September that year. Eliane later married Randy Erickson, who passed away in May 2016. Eliane is here with her two daughters, Liana and Timea. She leads worship and helps in the office.

 Newsletter November 2017

Sheldon and Carol Munro

Sheldon and Carol Munro completed their Discipleship Training School at Gleanings in 2007. They moved here, with their three children Seth, Kalina, and Kaiden, from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada and came on staff in June 2010. Sheldon is part of our leadership team, supervises volunteer assignments, and oversees base maintenance. Carol home schools Kaiden, and is a coordinator for hospitality and special events.
Newsletter Spring 2017

Al and Norma Gove 

Al moved to Gleanings from Anaheim, California in 2002 and completed his Discipleship Training School in Kona, Hawaii in 2008. Norma came from Belfair, Washington to attend her DTS at Gleanings; after graduating in 2010 she became a staff member. They were married at Gleanings on October 23, 2010; between them they have ten children and six grandchildren. Al keeps the peach and soup plants operating and works in the shop. Norma is our kitchen manager.
personal newsletter Dec 2016
Sower's Kids newsletter Dec 2016

Henrijs and Ilze Janbergs

Henrijs and Ilze completed a Discipleship Training School in Latvia; and first joined Gleanings’ staff in 2007. After serving two years, they had to leave due to immigration issues; after much prayer, and God’s favor, they returned in 2011. They have two young children, Magnuss and Stella. Henrijs serves in the soup plant; Ilze works in the Finance department.

Tanya Gschwend

Originally from Switzerland, Tanya completed her Discipleship Training School at Gleanings in March 2013 and joined our full time staff later that year. Tanya works with our volunteers to determine when they can come serve at Gleanings. She helps international visitors start their life-changing visit by answering questions and assisting with needs that arise.

Christopher Ralston

Christopher is from Felton, California, and joined our full-time staff in January 2015. He completed his Discipleship Training School here at Gleanings in February 2008. Christopher serves in the soup plant, warehouse, and is part of our Procurement team.

Mark & Lori Ragains

Mark and Lori Ragains attended a Discipleship Training School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their five children, in 2007. They moved to Gleanings from Orange County, CA. Their youngest daughters, Amie and Katie, are home-schooled by Lori. Lori does some of our purchasing and contributes to the newsletter. Mark maintains our computers and serves in the Media Department. Mark and Lori also work with YWAM United, coordinating outreaches to refugees in Greece.  The Ragains joined our staff in December 2015.       Latest Newsletter update

Bruce Eckhoff

Bruce is from Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada. In 2009, he graduated from his Discipleship Training School in Kona, Hawaii. Bruce has three children and four grandchildren residing in British Columbia. He joined our staff in January 2016 and manages our Procurement Department.


Kathryn Pepper

Kathryn comes from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; she completed her Discipleship Training School at Gleanings in 2009.  Kathryn became a staff member in July of 2016. She serves as an administrative assistant and with the Discipleship Training School.

End of 2016 newsletter

Beginning 2017 newsletter

Tristan Piepmeier

Tristan is groundskeeper at Gleanings, and he'd like to tell you a little about himself: “Hey, Tristan P. here, from Yosemite, California. I completed my Discipleship Training School at Gleanings in March 2015, where I also accepted Christ; my outreach was to Kenya.  I then spent six months at YWAM Kona, before coming here on staff in November 2016." Tristan is currently at "The Father's House" in Oroville attending a School of Ministry.

Susan Ross

Susan Ross is Canadian, from Mission, BC.  After completing her Discipleship Training School in Kona, Hawaii in January 2016, she came on staff in November 2016.  She manages the quilt room, and serves in housekeeping and reception.  Sue has five sons and five grandchildren back in BC.

Roger Ambauen

Roger has a wonderful history of 25 years of service in Youth With a Mission - including four years here at Gleanings! In addition to his DTS in Los Angeles, Roger completed a School of the Bible in Tyler, Tx. Besides ministering here in the United States, Roger has been a YWAM missionary in Curitiba, Brazil and Burtigny, Switzerland. On staff again after 14 years, he is one of our cooks, and helps with landscaping and maintenance projects.

Bethany Waits

Bethany is from Tacoma, Washington; she completed her Discipleship Training School in Northern Ireland in 2012. After participating in the summer staff program in 2016, Bethany decided to join Gleanings’ staff in April of 2017. Bethany is working in the soup plant, peach plant, the warehouse, and Summer Staff Internship program.

Anthony Lymber

Tony’s first stint at Gleanings For The Hungry was from 2007-2009. He has been on staff or a student at numerous  YWAM ministry locations, including New Orleans, Woodcrest TX, Phoenix AZ, Nashville TN, and  Smithtown NY. Tony likes to learn and has attended the School of Apostolic Pioneering, Bible Core Course, School of Ministry Development, and a School of Worship. His skills as a chef, groundskeeper, IT, and worship leader, are an asset to the ministry.