Meet Our Team

Our Founder, 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

Board Of Directors

Michael Brandy Jr.


Linda Gill, CPA


Douglas W. Thomson, Esq.


Michelle Goret

Glenn Grismere

Deborah Hayes

Eric Niemeyer, M.D.

Jeanette Hanna-Ruíz

Jim Russell

Michael Staudinger, M.D.

Harry Yeaggy

Don Heithaus


Senior Management

Rev. Wendell Mettey


Tim Mettey


Karen Otto

Vice President

Joodi Archer

Development & Media Director, Public Relations

Mark Creamer

Director, IT Operations

Patty Dilg

Director of Operations

Butch Elfers

Chief Financial Officer

Lauren Fogle

Creative Director

Sally Phelps

Human Resources Manager

Barbie Merritt

Corporate Communications Manager

Ben Williams

Disaster Relief Coordinator

Ariana Ruiz

Director of Social Engagement