Staff & Board
For Board Members and other key positions within YPM see Organizational Chart July 2019
Executive Director — Carl Geissinger accepted the part time position of YPM Executive Director effective July 1, 2018. Carl is one of a long line of committed and passionate leaders since YPM’s inception.
Carl pastored Manbeck Mennonite Church for twenty years, served as interim pastor at Boyer Mennonite Church, and as a pastor at Barrville Mennonite Church. Carl also served as chaplain at Snyder County Prison for six years. Carl has been involved with Yokefellows for 35 years serving as the SUN Council Director for 10 of those years and as a Yokefellow volunteer in the Snyder County Jail for 25 years. In addition to shepherding people, Carl has also been a sheep shearer since 1976.
Regional Director of SC Region — Mike Knott accepted the part-time position in Oct 2018.
Mike Knott came to Yokefellowship in a rather indirect manner. After a 27 year career in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections he semi-retired; working part-time for the PA Prison Society and then in the community mental health field. In 2014 he decided to truely retire and devote his time to his grand-children, gardening and golf. A chance meeting with a chaplain (David Bowen) he had worked with when assigned to SCI-Smithfield changed his plans. The two talked and got together on a frequent basis. Mike was brought to Jesus Christ and Yokefellows and before long he was “back in the jug,” not as a counselor or administrator but in a much more important role, he was a Yokefellows volunteer. It was what he needed spiritually and fed his long held belief that people can and do change. In addition to serving as SE Region Regional Director Mike volunteers at SCI Rockview and is very active at 15th Street Methodist Church in Huntingdon, Pa.
Regional Director of SE Region — William Jones accepted the part-time position May 1, 2019.
William is the pastor and founder of Power House Ministries, Inc. since 2005. William also has another assignment as a prison evangelist for 30 years with a strong passion for service to incarcerated men. This began for William in 1989 as Director of Prison Ministry Outreach at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the city of Philadelphia. His team of 30 men and women ministered within the Philadelphia prison system and the state penitentiary at Graterford now Phoenix conducting Bible Study for 10 years. William continued his ministry assignment solely with Graterford when in February, 2019 he takes on the role of Council Director and Chair of the Delaware Valley Area Council for Yokefellowship. Chester County prison has currently been added to his responsibility. Inmate reintegration back to the community remains his strong interest and pursuit.
Regional Director NE Region — Danesta G. Whaley accepted the newly created part-time position in Sept 2011.
“Nessie” has seven years experience with Prison Fellowship Ministries and has served as Minister of Prayer and Associate Pastor at Citychurch. Nessie is a volunteer assistant chaplain at Lycoming County Prison conducting Bible Studies, preaching, and providing one-on-one spiritual counseling with male and female inmates and also works with women in the Women’s Pre-release Program. Nessie is currently the Council Director for YPM’s Upper Susquehanna Valley Area Council, overseeing multiple in-prison ministries, overseeing and training 60 plus volunteers, and working with chaplains, prison officials, and pastors.
Regional Director SW & NW Region — Rodney Hatfield accepted the part-time position April 15, 2019.
Rodney has 15 years of volunteer prison ministry experience in the PA state prison system and previously served as a contract Chaplain at SCI Smithfield prison for approximately 2 years. As a contract chaplain, Rodney was exposed to the ministry of Yokefellowship and has always admired the effectiveness of the ministry. Currently Rodney works as a Spiritual Care Coordinator (Chaplain) for Aseracare Hospice as well as serves as the Outreach Pastor at Peniel Praise Community Church (11 years) in Johnstown, PA. Rodney is committed to evangelizing the world via prison, church, and community ministry, etc. Rodney is passionate about prison ministry and ministry in general and strives to make a difference in the life of someone everyday for God’s Glory.