OUR MISSION

To protect the vulnerable by developing and equipping the local church to be the response to poverty and injustice. The church is our platform, programs are our tools and hope in Christ is our message.

Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:9

our history

Orchard: Africa started over 25 years ago as a church ministry in Mafikeng, South Africa in response to vulnerable children rummaging through the city garbage dump for food. A few people from a local church decided to cook a pot of food and feed these children. From this compassionate response, the organization, Orchard: Africa, was born.

For the first ten years Orchard grew from being a church-led feeding project for thirty children, to becoming a multi-programmed response to the daily social and economic injustices that plagued vulnerable individuals in Africa.

The next 15 years of our existence saw Orchard grow beyond being a church mission program to a registered ministry in its own right. Orchard: Africa moved beyond the town of Mafikeng, grew exponentially, and extended its reach to over 600 community churches and 100 funded programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

our team

Michelle Tessendorf

Michelle Tessendorf

CEO & Founder

Mike Tessendorf

Mike Tessendorf

Senior Pastor & Founder

Victor Motlhampe

Victor Motlhampe

FOH Pastor

Joseph Kgaje

Joseph Kgaje

FOH Pastor

Patrick Mokgosi

Patrick Mokgosi

FOH Pastor

Donald Suping

Donald Suping

FOH Pastor-in-Training

Theuno Swart

Theuno Swart

Operations Director, South Africa

Nate Rogers

Nate Rogers

Digital Development Director

Nokubonga Ndima

Nokubonga Ndima

Food and Agriculture Director

Kealeboga Natshane

Kealeboga Natshane

Food and Agriculture Manager

Nelson Koon

Nelson Koon

Operations Director, North West Province, South Africa

Savannah Kralovec

Savannah Kralovec

Project Coordinator

McDonald Motsumi

McDonald Motsumi

Project Assistant

Anthony DiMaria

Anthony DiMaria

Creative Coordinator

ANNUAL REPORTS
2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

our boards

These men and women are passionate about our cause and skilled in organizational leadership.

United States

Michael Tessendorf | Chairman & Co-Founder, Orchard: Africa

Michelle Tessendorf | Executive Director & Co-Founder Orchard: Africa

Brian LeMew | Pastor of Campus Development, Sun Valley Community Church

Diane Wagner | Business Owner

Herb Fluharty | Owner, MGI Services Inc.

Nathan Buchalski | Partner, Plante Moran

Ric Leutwyler | President & Founder, Philanthropegie

Scott Gates | President & CEO, Western Windows

South Africa

Michael Tessendorf | Chairman & Co-Founder, Orchard: Africa

Michelle Tessendorf | Executive Director & Co-Founder Orchard: Africa

Kelvin Mwaba | Head of Psychology, University of the Western Cape

Lindiwe Gura | District Judge – Department of Justice & Constitutional Development

Palesa Etsane | Training Consultant, Dept. Social Development

Tumelo Rasebitse | Managing Member, Tshwaraganang Associates