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Tony Payne, CEO

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Tony Payne began work as Matthias Media’s first editor in 1988. Since then, Tony has been a busy guy: with his wife, Alison, he has grown a family of five children (now with two grandchildren); he has completed a degree in theology at Moore Theological College; and he has written or co-written numerous ministry resources, and edited many others. As well as being a key writer and our CEO, he's also the Director of the Centre for Christian Living at Moore College, and working on a PhD.

Ian Carmichael, Publications and Marketing Director

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Ian has also been with Matthias Media from the very beginning (1988). For most of that time he has taken responsibility for the business aspects of the organization. Since 2015, he has also taken on responsibility for managing our new publications program as well as growing Matthias Media as a business through marketing. Ian and his wife, Stephanie, have two adult children and are part of a church plant in Sydney's north.

Queenie Lau, Operations Manager

In just 3 days a week, Queenie makes sure the Matthias Media machine keeps humming along with peak efficiency.

Marty Sweeney, Director of Ministry, Matthias Media (USA)

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Marty started Matthias Media USA in 2006. He continues to oversee Matthias Media Ministries—a 501(c)(3) non-profit—that now extends to North America and beyond. He also serves as Pastor of Adult Ministries at Old North Church. Marty studied finance at college and theology at seminary. Currently, Marty and his wife, Abigail, live in Northeastern Ohio with their four children and standard poodle, Nellie.

Guy Betbeder-Matibet, Warehouse Manager

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Order a resource, and there’s every chance it will be packed and dispatched by Guy or Susan. Guy’s been sending out your orders since November 2002. He is married to Samantha, and enjoys fishing, playing board games and watching all sorts of sports on TV.

Susan Weddell, Warehouse Assistant

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Susan works part-time in our warehouse, helping out when things get busy or when someone else is on leave. She is one of the most community-minded people we know, and we don't have space to list all the things she's involved in.

Anna Cole, Customer Service

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Anna joined the Matthias Media team in June 2002, and her cheery voice is the one you’re most likely to hear when you call us. Her role includes answering customer enquiries, advising about which resources are best for which needs, and processing orders.

Jason Crank, Customer Relationship Manager (USA)

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Jason joined Matthias Media in 2013 after many years of retail experience. He oversees operations and customer service in the North American office. Jason also works part-time as Adult Ministries Associate at Old North Church, Canfield. He is married to Mary Lou, and they live with their two kids in North Lima, Ohio.

Beth Harrell, Customer Service (USA)

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Beth joined Matthias Media in 2012. She studied communications at Taylor University and graduated from Butler University with a Master's Degree in School Counseling. Originally from rural Illinois, she now resides in Northeastern Ohio with her husband, Matt, and their four children along with their goldfish King Charles. Beth, like Jason and Marty, also works part-time for Old North Church.

Tara Sing, Marketing Assistant

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Tara joined the Matthias Media team in 2013 to assist with marketing and publicity, but took 2015 off to do one year of Bible college. She is married to Soong and they both serve at Fairfield Anglican Church, in Sydney. Tara loves spending time with people, leading youth group, eating, and organising things. Occasionally she also knits, reads and exercises.

Emma Thornett, Managing Editor

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Emma is the organizational hub of the Publishing Department. She coordinates all aspects of the production process, does some editing. Emma loves cats and is, according to her work mates, ‘frighteningly efficient’.

Joy Lankshear, Graphic Designer

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Whilst not strictly an employee of Matthias Media, Joy does so much of our design work she might as well be. (In fact she once was.) She is one of Australia’s top designers, and spends much of her time on Christian projects. For more evidence of her skill, visit her web site.

The Board of Directors

Matthias Media is a not-for-profit company (incorporated in Australia and limited by guarantee), with a board of directors that oversees all that we do, and keeps us on the straight and narrow as an organization. Currently the directors are: Rev Sandy Grant (Chair), Mr Jonathan Marquet, Mr Andy Simpkin, Mr Andy Pearce and Mr Chris Makin. Tony Payne and Ian Carmichael are executive directors.


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