Our Ministry

equip, enrich, empower

Our Story

Dr. Roy Smith walking down a path at Servant's Oasis.

Our Story

Many years ago, our founder, Roy Smith was deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of those who dedicate themselves to helping others. It all began when he witnessed the tireless efforts of nurses, teachers, social workers, first responders, and countless others who often gave their all without asking for anything in return.

Driven by a belief that those who serve as the backbone of our communities deserved recognition and support, Roy decided to create something extraordinary. He embarked on a journey to establish Servant’s Oasis, a non-profit organization that would serve as a refuge for those who work tirelessly in selfless occupations. Through the support of generous donors and volunteers, Servant’s Oasis is blossoming into a thriving haven of assistance and encouragement.

Watch this video of Founder, Roy Smith giving a tour of the Agape Gardens while explaining the vision for the property.

Our Team

Joshua "Mountain" Armstrong.

Joshua “Mountain” Armstrong

Director of Operations

Joshua “Mountain” Armstrong, is a Florida native with a profound love for nature and gardening. Rooted in his faith and academic pursuits in Philosophy and Religion, Joshua is an avid reader and a lifelong learner.

Joshua’s journey began with a deep passion for the outdoors, earning him the nickname “Mountain” due to his unwavering determination, resilience, and rugged appearance. He founded a successful landscaping company, where he transformed ordinary spaces into breathtaking landscapes, and served as a superintendent with the largest custom home builder in Central Florida. His love for nature, commitment to his faith, and dedication to lifelong learning have created a unique blend of talents and passions, making him a valuable contributor in making the vision of Servant’s Oasis a reality.

After heartfelt reflection and prayer, Joshua relocated to Pennsylvania to become the Director of Servant’s Oasis. In this role, he intends to care for the physical needs of the community as well as their spiritual well-being, driven by a desire to make a lasting impact for God’s Kingdom.

Jillian Diffenderfer.

Jillian Diffenderfer

Secretary of the Board and Administrative Director for Servant’s Oasis

Jillian Diffenderfer was born in Lebanon, PA and is currently a resident of Maytown, a small town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jill and her husband Karl have four beautiful children, one daughter-in-law, and one grandchild. The Agape Gardens of Servant’s Oasis hold special meaning for Jill, as she and her husband renewed their vows at the property when it was originally the Gardens of Felicita.

Jill first learned about Servant’s Oasis when it was in its fledgling stages, and reconnected with Servant’s shortly after the passing of her father, who was a good friend of Roy Smith’s. Having witnessed the devastation and fall-out of ministry leaders who burn out or stumble first-hand, and having experienced it herself, Jill is devoted to Servant’s Oasis’ mission of serving the leaders who serve others.

In 2023, Jill joined the Board of Directors, contributing her extensive marketing experience, attention to detail, compassion, and enthusiasm to aid in our mission. In March 2024, Jill accepted the position of Administrative Director of Servant’s Oasis, expanding our fundraising efforts and supporting day-to-day operations.

Dr. Roy Smith.

Dr. Roy Smith, MDiv, PhD

Founder and President

Dr. Roy Smith has worked for nearly 40 years as a psychologist and counselor to men and their families. Pennsylvania Counseling Services (~650 employees), which he began out of his home, offers a variety of services in 11 counties in South Central Pennsylvania.

Roy is also an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance. He developed LiveUp Resources, a ministry that produces books and video series to guide men, women, and youth toward their God-given potential, contributing to the overarching goal of positively changing our culture. Roy has written 24 books in the areas of men’s issues and mentorship and has contributed to two video series for women. He has also written a series for children called The Campfire Gang. This 12-volume set teaches young boys and girls biblical leadership and character-building skills through an engaging storyline.

Roy has a master of divinity degree and a master’s and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. He is married to Jan, who is also a psychologist; they have two children, a son-in-law, and two grandsons.

Board of Directors

Servan't Oasis Ministry pulling rope as a team.
Wilmer Musser.

Wilmer Musser


Leola, PA

Josh Lutz.

Josh Lutz


Lebanon, PA

BJ Allen.

B.J. Allen

Board Member

Palmyra, PA

Max Bender.

Max Bender

Board Member

Myerstown, PA

Tammy Adams.

Dr. Tammy Adams

Board Member

Palmyra, PA

Brandon Lawrence.

Brandon Lawrence

Board Member

Lititz, PA

Twila Eberly.

Twila Eberly

Board Member

Lancaster, PA

Tim Nicklas.

Tim Nicklas

Board Member

Elizabethtown, PA

Deb Lohr.

Deb Lohr

Board Member

Lancaster, PA