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Meet The Team!


Hope Seeds relies on thousands of volunteer hours to carry out the mission. Volunteers contribute in many ways and are the most important members of our ministry team. Volunteers play a vital role in packaging seeds; the assembly of Hope Garden Family Packs with the gospel message; school, church, and community events; office work; mailings; fundraising; working in Hope Gardens, etc. We are exceedingly grateful for our volunteers!



David Balsbaugh


David is originally from Ohio. He has served with nonprofit organizations in missions, international development, and education for more than 30 years. Organizations such as Nazarene World Mission in Malawi and Mozambique, Africa, HEART Missionary Training Institute with Warner Southern College, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization in Fort Myers, Florida, and Love a Child in Fond Parisien, Haiti. Dave has a Bachelor's degree in International Agriculture and Community Development and a Master's in Nutrition. Dave has pursued serving people in sustainable ways while sharing his love for Christ.  

"I'm humbled to serve with an organization focusing on sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with those who hunger." 


Maxine Balsbaugh
Executive Assistant

Maxine is from St Petersburg, Florida. After serving on short term medical missions in Guatemala, Maxine completed a Bachelor's degree and worked in medical billing and Christian Education.  Maxine also served with Dave as a missionary in Haiti with Love a Child and worked in the nutrition clinic at the Jesus Healing Center, the medical depot, and with food distribution. 

"It's an honor to serve alongside my husband and so many dedicated volunteers sharing Christ's love with so many people around the world."

Diane is originally from Maryland.  After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, her mission field became the classroom for 43 years.   Besides teaching pre-K - 3rd grade and general music during her teaching career, she also has served in church music playing piano, organ and directing handbells. She currently teaches private piano lessons in her home here in Bradenton.  Diane came to us as a seed packer, but quickly transitioned to using her skills in the Hope Seeds office.

Gareth is from Minnesota.  Gareth came to FL by way of the Navy.  After being discharged from the military, he began his 38 year teaching career in high school choral music.  While teaching, he also served as a music director in two local Bradenton churches. Although retired from teaching, he currently serves as an accompanist at the piano and organ and continues his 45+ service as a piano tuner/repairman. Gareth enjoys gardening and happily has taken on the job of caring for the garden boxes and landscaping at Hope Seeds campus.

“We are happy to serve together with the dedicated staff and volunteers at Hope Seeds to meet the needs of the lost and hungry around the world!”

Diane Olson
Operation Coordinator

Gareth Olson
Garden Manager


Mike Sullivan

Ministry Development

Mike was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Mike received a Business/Marketing degree from Samford University in 1970 and was hired by Procter and Gamble upon graduation and worked in sales and marketing for 21 years. ​Mike became Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization's first Development Director and was part of their team for 15 years. Mike then served with Love a Child where he helped develop a new sustainable agriculture ministry for the people of Haiti to create jobs and increase food security. 

"I believe that God has prepared me with unique skills and experience to be a part of the team at Hope Seeds to continue to share the Gospel of Christ and the lifesaving ministry of seeds."

Please keep Hope Seeds Team in you prayers as we work together to sow seeds of hope in Christ!

About Hope Seeds


Hope Seeds is a Christian ministry which provides quality garden seeds to a hungry world through missionaries and mission teams to help feed the whole person — body, mind, and soul. Learn More


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