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About Us

It is our strong desire to nurture and build positive relationships, enhancing the quality of life for everyone who comes in contact with The Stewardship Group. To this end, we are dedicated to the continued development of our talents and abilities in order to provide you with consistent, professional and conscientious service.

We are committed to being people of integrity, who place your needs and concerns at the center of all we do, operating with candor and courtesy in each of our relationships.

We believe you’ll like what you find at The Stewardship Group and look forward to serving you.

Our Mission

The Stewardship Group strives to offer comprehensive insurance coverage and guidance with a focus on exceptional customer service and knowledge of the insurance industry. Our goal is to focus on the needs of our clients, and to offer them insurance solutions that meet those needs with products that are appropriate and cost competitive.


Our Vision

Bearing the inscription: "Lifting Visions Higher" our crest serves as a reminder that without vision people perish. Our quest this side of eternity is to prudently manage our affairs while keeping a proper perspective on life. To this end we acknowledge that relationships rise above economic activity. We desire to see our clients form lasting relationships with us, their families, and God in Meaningful ways that last beyond this lifetime. It is in walking out these relationships that true meaning and significance is found.

Our History

Founded January 1, 2000, The Stewardship Group traces its origins to the late 1950's. It was at this time that Lester Zook took an interest in serving his congregation and became the Mennonite Mutual Aid representative for his church. Later, as a licensed insurance agent he founded the Lester J. Zook Agency. In 1974, Lee M. Hartzler, owner and operator of Hartzler Insurance Agency acquired Lester Zook's business.
On December 31, 1999, Mr. Hartzler retired and the Stewardship Group officially began operation under the supervision of C. Mark Ostrowski the following day. Location and personnel have changed over time, yet the commitment to serving the community is a tradition we are pleased to continue.

In December of 2018, The Stewardship Group was purchased by employees Larry Kauffman & Preston Sharp and continues with its mission and purpose.

We are Service Oriented

Our associates and staff are here to provide service to you in a variety of ways. Each member of our team focuses on a given aspect of this diverse industry. Our purpose in specialization is pointed at helping to make the complex easy to understand.

Professional Affiliations, Designations and Degrees

The Stewardship Group, and its staff are members of Insurance Agents and Brokers of America,  Big Valley Area Business Association, and the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce.

We are pleased that staff accomplishments include certifications and degrees as follows: Master’s degree in Financial Services, Certified Insurance Services Representative, Certified Life Underwriter, and Chartered Financial Consultant.
In addition many staff members have earned associates and bachelors degrees in various fields including Business Management, Accounting, Psychology, Criminology, Architectural Engineering, Communications, Marketing and Liberal Arts.

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