Meet the Team
***Meagen Farrell is a catechist, woodworker, and chicken lady who lives with her husband and boys in small town Jefferson, Ohio, within walking distance of her local Catholic parish. As Sole Proprietor of Mustard Seed Training, please reach out to her with any customer service questions at email@example.com or 216.973.4977.
Meagen earned her BA in Religion from Oberlin College, Certificate in Distance Education from Penn State University, and MA in Theology and Religious Studies from John Carroll University. Before transitioning to religious education, she has spent most of her career in the field of adult basic education and high school equivalency preparation. She is currently certified in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) levels I & II.
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***Seamstress Ann Marie Darby is a homeschooling mother of eight who has managed to carve out her own private sewing room. She sews CGS materials in between projects for her local parish, Scouts, 4H, public library, and active family farm. She received her BSN from College of Mount St Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her contributions are marked with the sub-brand "Mustard Seed Sewing" and a yellow background on photos, and her husband John volunteers as our product photographer.
She enjoys creating beautiful visual items to enhance worship experiences. Follow her work on Instagram or contact her with your ideas for custom products at firstname.lastname@example.org
***David Gildersleeve makes lovely Nativities and unique items from reclaimed school furniture & barn siding. He hand-crafts each piece in his home workshop/eyrie in rural Ashtabula County, Ohio and enjoys craft shows with his hand-quilting wife Janie. Your Nativity figures should not fall apart, but if they ever do or are less than satisfactory, David provides a lifetime guarantee... limited to his lifetime!
***Woodworker Thomas Polak is father of several atrium children and incorporates woodworking as a counselor at Grand River Academy. Thomas is partnering with designer Wyatt Bratt to launch a coffee house and woodworking studio in order to refurbish local landmarks in historic Austinburg, Ohio.
***Shipping Manager Michele Szewczyk is a homeschooling Mom of four, and is passionate about care of animals and the environment while managing South Elm Farm. She enjoys traveling (as a retired military family), hiking, biking, and crafting salves or teas or other herbal remedies.
***All-around artisan Curtis Wickline has also served the Lord as a Christian clown. Based in Jefferson, Ohio, Wickline Customs helps customize your lifestyle. In addition to custom work for individuals, Curtis makes worship aids for churches incorporating wood, metal, engraving, faux finishes, and airbrushing. Follow his work on Facebook or call/text to discuss a custom piece: 724.734.3777.
***Artist Joan Bratt enjoys using a wide range of media including graphite drawing, watercolor, sculpting, and painting. She joins the Mustard Seed Training team to create a line of bookmarks, prayer cards, greeting cards, and other print materials for families to grow in love with God and neighbor. She balances her art commissions with writing and illustrating children’s literature. You can follow her on Instagram @joaniebratt
***Chloe Becker hails from Rocky River, Ohio. Her artwork focuses on strengthening the Catholic Church's voice against racism. Her most recent works help to educate others on the lives of underrepresented saints. See more of her work at https://www.chloemariebecker.com/