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Tony Payne, Publishing Director

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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; 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. Tony’s main responsibilities are to oversee everything we publish (including The Briefing), and to get as much writing done as possible.


Ian Carmichael, Business Growth Director

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Ian has also been with Matthias Media from the very beginning (1988). For most of the last 20 years, he has taken responsibility for the business, logistics and financial aspects of the organization. His role now focuses particularly on growing Matthias Media as a business, through overseeing sales and marketing, and expansion into new areas. Ian and his wife, Stephanie, have two children.


Liza Tan, Operations Manager

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Liza joined Matthias Media in 2008 to relieve Ian of a range of direct operational responsibilities. She manages the operations and finance side of the business: stock management, logistics, customer service, administration and finance.


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, Customer Service

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Order a resource, and there’s every chance it will be packed and dispatched by Guy. He’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.


Hayley Boag, Production Assistant

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Hayley helps Emma keep the new resources and reprints moving through the production processes. She does the same thing with 'The Briefing'. Hayley is a graduate in Arts/Commerce, and also specializes in keeping the office a fun place to work.


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. She also ensures that Briefing subscriptions are kept up to date.


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.


Sam Freney, Briefing and Resources Editor

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Sam joined the Matthias Media team part-time in 2011 to become the Briefing Editor, and to oversee its transition into an online magazine. Sam is a graduate of Moore Theological College, and brings a very helpful blend of ministry experience, theological depth, strong communication and design skills, and technical programming nous. In 2012 he joined us full-time, and has the extra responsibility of overseeing the development of ministry resources that take advantage of new publishing technologies and platforms.


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.


Jason Perini, Video Resources Director

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Jason joined the Matthias Media Sydney team in 2013. Jason is a professional actor, and has come on board to help provide creative direction to the production of Matthias Media's expanding range of video resources. Jason, his wife Susie, and their two children are involved in the congregation at St Bede's, Drummoyne.


Tara Sing, Marketing Assistant

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Tara joined the Matthias Media team in 2013 to assist with marketing and publicity. 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, Production Coordinator

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Emma is the organizational hub of the Publishing Department. She manages all aspects of the production schedule, does some editing, and assists Tony in his day-to-day administration. Emma loves cats and is, according to her work mates, ‘frighteningly efficient’.


Betsy Tiger, Customer Service (USA)

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Betsy joined Matthias Media in 2013. She holds a science degree in nursing from Malone University. Prior to working hard at home with her children, Betsy was an emergency room registered nurse. Betsy and her husband, Beau, live in a serene country setting in rural Northeastern Ohio with their two children and a weimaraner named Riley.


Martyn Yeomans, Bookkeeper/Financial Administrative Assistant

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Martyn and his wife Catherine are long term members of Christ Church, St Ives in Sydney. Martyn has come to Matthias Media with a very diverse professional background, including many years in administration and property management. He's also an avid golfer, who is therefore a dangerous influence on Tony Payne.


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 of the Australian company are: Rev Sandy Grant (Chair), Mr Jonathan Marquet, Mr Andy Simpkin, and Mr Chris Makin. Tony Payne and Ian Carmichael are executive directors. The directors of Matthias Media (USA) are: Andrew Smith (Chair), Colleen Gallagher, Grady Summers, Michael L Johnson, William Daugherty and Ian Carmichael. Marty Sweeney is an executive director.


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