Meet Our Team

Our Founder and President, Reverend Wendell Mettey,  grew up in the inner-city of Cincinnati, OH. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in economics, Wendell spent several years as a social worker for Hamilton County, Ohio.  He then felt called to be a pastor and obtained a master’s degree in divinity. Rev. Mettey served as Pastor for several churches in the Cincinnati area.

In 1990, Rev. Mettey visited war-torn Nicaragua. Despite his extensive experience with the poor in his hometown, he was shocked to see the devastation and extreme poverty in Nicaragua. He felt led by God to leave his pastorate and start Matthew 25: Ministries in 1991. Under Reverend Mettey’s tremendous leadership, the ministry has grown from a small suitcase ministry to an international humanitarian and disaster relief organization helping more than 20 million people each year.


Board of Directors and Staff

Senior Management

Reverend Wendell Mettey

Founder and President

Patty Dilg

Director of Operations

Sally Phelps

Human Resources Manager

Tim Mettey


Lauren Fogle

Creative Director

AJ Shapiro


Joodi Archer

Development & Media Director, Public Relations

Barbie Merritt

Corporate Communications Manager

Ben Williams

Disaster Relief Coordinator

Mark Creamer

IT Operations Manager

Karen Otto

Vice President of Marketing & Human Resources

Butch Elfers


Board Of Directors

Michael Brandy Jr.


Glenn Grismere

Eric Niemeyer, M.D.

Douglas W. Thomson, Esq.


Don Heithaus

Jim Russell

Linda Gill, CPA


Clare Iery

Michael Staudinger, M.D.

Jenna McHugh

Harry Yeaggy