Our community currently consists of five adults and two children, some chickens, and thousands of honeybees! You'll find some information about us below, but we welcome anyone to stop by the Farm at any time to really get to know us.
Jessie Schiele (born Jessie Lynn Wambold) grew up in Gaylord, the "Hub" of Northern Michigan. She grew up attending, and her parents still attend, Gaylord Evangelical Free Church. After graduating high school in 2003 Jessie spent 11 months traveling around the world, visiting Central America, New Zealand & Australia, South East Asia, India, and parts of Eastern Europe. Her travels were a great education and full of life changing experiences. In January of 2008 she joined AmeriCorps NCCC (The National Civilian Community Corps), a team based traveling national service program. While planting trees and building a tree-house in Vermont she met her now husband, Jordan. After NCCC, the two volunteered together in Hattiesburg, MS; working on homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In August of 2009, the couple joined staff at Nazareth Farm, in April of 2010 Jessie became the Project Coordinator. They were married June 18th 2010 on a farm near Jessie's hometown. A little over a year later in August of 2011, in a bright green house on Nazareth Farm Road, Jessie and Jordan welcomed home their son Nathaniel. Two months later Nathaniel took his first plane ride as the three of them visited Kansas City for the first time. The family moved to Jerusalem Farm in April of 2012. Jessie has given up on the idea of having a sewing room but continues her passion of quilting and making/repairing clothes on weekends in the dining room.
Jordan Schiele was born October 6th 1985 in Sacramento, California. Jordan was raised in a devout Catholic family and was the oldest of three children. At an all boy Jesuit High School the seeds of prayer, community, service and simplicity were planted even though they were not fully recognized at the time. During what would have been his college years, Jordan created a window cleaning business named Brighter Day Windows, coached freshman football and worked other various jobs such as Fed-Ex, EPA, and Market Square Grill. Looking for an alternative way of living Jordan joined Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) where he spent 10 months volunteering around the country in Virginia, Mississippi, Maryland and Vermont. It was in this program that Jordan re-discovered his love for simplicity and service. He also realized a unknown passion for home-repair. It was also in this program that he met his wife Jessie. After the program ended in November of 2008, Jordan and Jessie spent their time hitch-hiking around the country to visit family and finally ended up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where they spent 5 months living with a wonderful couple Ray and Annie, worshiping with Ebeneezer Baptist Church and working on rebuilding a damaged house from Hurricane Katrina for Mary. When the work was finished, in an effort to learn more about his Catholic faith tradition and to explore communal living, Jordan and Jessie stumbled upon Nazareth Farm and made West Virginia their home from August of 2009 until April of 2012. When asked to help in the creation of Jerusalem Farm, Jordan was humbled and extremely excited for the joys, challenges and transformation that this new community would bring.
Nathaniel was born on August 7th, 2011 and is an amazing toddler. He loves to play outside in his spaceship, "do his work" in the garden and with the chickens, and go on bike rides with his dad. Nathaniel is now an older brother to his sister Jubilee ("Jubibee"). He loves having friends over to play with him!
Jubilee was born on March 15th, 2014. Jubilee is a joyous baby who loves to follow her brother around, eat eggs, and be held! She likes the feel of fabric and playing peek-a-boo. One day she hopes to climb like her brother, talk like her brother, eat ceral like her brother, and grab stuff on the counter. When visiting feel free to give her a hug and carry her around.
Sunny was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana under the given name Jordan Hamrick. There he attended Jefferson High School where he participated in many sports as well as the art program. Coming out of high school he decided to follow the footsteps of his two older siblings by becoming a college athlete. His brother was soon to begin his fourth year playing football at Saint Xavier University on the South Side of Chicago, it was because of this connection that Jordan decided to attend SXU and play on the soccer team. Jordan began his freshman year at Saint Xavier University studying biology but soon found the work was not worth the reward and quickly found a new love in the study of communication. It was during this time that Jordan began to participate in SXU’s social justice club called Mercy Students for Peace and Justice. Through this club Jordan discovered the Sisters of Mercy commitment to spreading mercy, compassion, and justice for all. Jordan found this devotion very inspiring and became very intrigued with the concept of living a life of service for others. As he puts it, “I came to college to play soccer and save trees, but by the end I was there to promote social justice while gaining skills to save people and trees!” The life Jordan was searching for was exemplified on his Spring Break Service Trip to Nazareth Farm. There Jordan met Jessie and Jordan Schiele. They invited him to live at the farm for the following summer and Jordan gladly accepted the offer. A couple weeks into his stay having two people named Jordan with similar looks created a slight issue for communication and schedules, so the nickname Sunny came to be. It was here that Sunny found a deep love for agriculture, community, and simplistic living. The warming welcome of Nazareth Farm and the incredible beauty of Appalachia helped Sunny take in a new breath of faith which has carried him through the past couple of years. Sunny studied abroad during his junior year in the beautiful Belize (Central America, fall) and Ghana (West Africa, spring) through a NGO called Proworld. In addition to attending universities in those countries Sunny worked on projects promoting community development through sustainable agriculture. Upon graduating in May 2014 Sunny moved to Jerusalem Farm where he couldn’t be more excited to return to a life of communal living with wonderful people! Sunny continues to explore his passions of playing music, rock balancing, longboarding, and playing what are the odds.
Joesph was raised in the Sacramento, CA area and attended Jesuit High School. Upon graduating, Joseph studied at Kenyon College. After college, he served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Detroit. Since joining Jerusalem Farm, Joseph has worn a variety of hats with grace and been a huge help to the community.
Randy Barthweeks moved to Jerusalem Farm from Louisville Kentucky with his wife Bernadette and he is the resident mascot. You may recognize him from his time at Nazareth Farm in W. Virginia. Randy comes to the community and farm with a lot of experience leading retreats and working with youth. Randy graduated from University of Louisville (Go Cards) with an accounting degree. He has since been using the accounting degree to count and make sure all those who are retreat at the Farm are present and accounted for at gatherings (prayer and meals to name a few). When Randy is not leading retreats he can be found spinning things such as pillows, baby pools, and plates. Randy enjoys cooking with Bernadette when given a chance to. He can be found also riding his bicycle around the city and is an avid biker in his spare time. A little known fact, or maybe not so little, about Randy is he is a pogonphile. A pogonphile is an admirer of beards and this aspect of Randy is evident in his love for his own beard and others who grow beards, he even compliments those with great beards. Randy is looking forward to exploring Kansas City with Bernadette and the rest of the community. He is excited to be a part of a community again where he is challenged to live his faith every day and is held accountable to how he lives out the Gospel message of loving your neighbor.
The qualifications for wizardry are: knowing how to actually fold a fitted sheet and make it look good, the ability to connect with strangers faster than they can say hello, coming up with arts and crafts ideas that’ll blow you away, and the ability to guess within a few months how old a child is (given that they are under the age of 6 or 7). The latter two skills were acquired by working in early childhood education where she excels in loving every child she meets with the patience of a saint. She will continue to hone these skills at a local early childhood education center with some awesome 4-5 year olds. This move to KCMO is a bit of a homecoming for Bernie because she went to college at Avila University here. Her family also hails from Marshall, MO which is only about an hour and half away so she is super excited to be able to get to see her parents and 4 older brothers and the in-laws much more often than when she was in Louisville, KY. She is excited to make this her home and invite her husband Randy into a city she loves so dearly. If you come visit you can probably find her by the coffee pot sipping on the sweet taste of just wages in the fair trade coffee and then trying to kiss Randy with her gross coffee breath. Blech! :P