Mustard Seed Peace Project (MSPP) is a nonprofit organization located in Godfrey, Illinois. We received nonprofit 501(c) (3) status from the federal government in May of 2005. The mission of our organization is to empower families worldwide by helping them develop sustainable programs and to raise awareness of global needs through cross cultural sharing. We are currently working in the counties of Guatemala and Zambia.

We believe that education is the key to social change. But often the desire for education is impeded by illness brought about by unsanitary conditions, lack of concentration and energy due to poor nutrition or the families’ lack of monetary resources. This has brought MSPP to the understanding that it is essential that we not only address the needs of the children but also the needs of their families. By addressing the educational, medical, nutritional and economic needs of the people of our host countries we will alleviate some of these obstacles.

We understand that in order to foster independence and ensure social change we must: empower them people of our host countries with knowledge and skills, respond to the expressed needs of the people not our own self-interest and take time to learn the cultures of the people that we are working with, while building a personal relationship based on an attitude of respect, mutual sharing and exchange.

Meet Teresa Cranmer – Founder, MSPP


Teresa is the Founder and President of Mustard Seed Peace Project (MSPP). She has volunteered her services to the organization since it’s inception in 2004. She started MSPP after she participated in a mission trip to Guatemala and fell in love with the people and their culture.  Upon returning to the United States, the trials, tribulations and obstacles of the people she had met affected her deeply and she could not ignore her calling to help them, and so MSPP was born.  Since 2004 Teresa has made at least one trip a year to Guatemala, creating a lasting network of business associates, partner NGO’s, and friends. Her efforts have made positive, life altering changes to those involved with MSPP.

Teresa oversees the day to day management of the organization but her passion for project development has been key to the development of the organization.

Meet the Board 

President: Teresa Cranmer

Vice President: Sue Fleming

Secretary: Megan Cowan

Treasurer: Megan Cosgriff

Andrea Lamer

Sara McGibany

Aly Rasaili

Sarah Minier

Allen Oertel

Miranda Sellars