Cultivate Global

Our History

Cultivate Global grew from a desire to an idea to an opportunity to a reality, over the span of a year. Our founder and Executive Director Cody Griess acted on an ambitious goal on his return to central Nebraska from serving in Texas in the summer of 2021. Through the blessings of connections, relationships, drive, and personal knowledge, he saw his goals and passions come together. In the fall of 2022, Cultivate Global was officially born.

Doors were opened in a very timely manner by the Lord’s guidance and sovereignty. He provided the right opportunities and people, in the exact perfect time and order, to make an idea a reality. Quickly after the start, Cultivate Global formed an international partnership with Cornerstone Agricultural Schools of Africa (CASA), a gospel preaching school system that provides education to the poorest regions of Tanzania. Later on we expanded and began working with local Farmers, Churches, Ag Universities, Compassion International Centers, Masai Tribal Communities, and more. Currently our biggest project we are working on is Project 1, a three phase plan with CASA.


Cody Griess

Founder, and Executive Director | cgriess@cultivateglobal.net

Cody is a young farmer born and raised in central Nebraska. He graduated from UNL with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Currently he serves on full time staff at Heritage Bible Church in Lincoln, NE, while pursuing his masters degree in Theology through MBTS. He is never short of words and brings a lot of energy and passion to what he does. Cody LOVES ice cream and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. If you can’t find him, he is probably outdoors hunting or fishing, boating at the lake, working, or spending time with friends and/or family. He is passionate about agriculture and serving others, sharing what he knows, and illustrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Lord has done mighty works in Cody’s life. If you are curious about what those things are, he loves to share them. God has grown in Cody a love for His people. This love stems from Jesus as well as the idea that there are three things that are eternal: God, God’s Word, and People; and the soul of a person is priceless. His motivation for starting Cultivate Global is no doubt because it allows him to pursue his passions, but is centered around his often referred to statement, “Have an eternal mindset, For His Kingdom!” Undoubtedly, Cody believes God has opened doors very timely and allowed him to pursue people through these things he loves.

Board of Directors

Cody Griess  |  Les Griess  |  Marty Griess  |  Paul Kigeja