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Tony Payne, Executive Director (Sydney)

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Tony Payne has been with Matthias Media from the very beginning, and from 1 March 2017 is taking a couple of years of study leave to work on a PhD and spend time thinking and researching on important aspects of ministry theology. Tony continues on the Matthias Media Board and as the Director of the Centre for Christian Living at Moore College.

Ian Carmichael, CEO and Executive Director (Sydney)

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Ian has also been with Matthias Media from the very beginning (1988). Co-leading with Tony for many of these years, Ian's focus has tended to be more on the business side of the organization and Tony's on the content side. However in 2015, Ian took over responsibility for managing our publishing program. From early 2017, as Tony headed towards study leave, Ian accepted the Board's invitation to take on the role of CEO. Ian and his wife, Stephanie, have two adult children and are part of a church plant in Sydney's north.

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, Theo.

Guy Betbeder-Matibet, Warehouse Manager (Sydney)

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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.

Georgia Condie, Digital Marketing and Design Coordinator (Sydney)

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Georgia commenced at Matthias Media in March 2018 after studying Visual Communication at The University of Technology, Sydney. She lives in the Blue Mountains and is involved in the ministry at Anglican Churches Springwood. When not in front of the computer screen, you’ll likely find her tending to her collection of house plants!

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.

Queenie Lau, Operations Manager (Sydney)

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In just 4 days a week, Queenie makes sure the Matthias Media machine keeps humming along with peak efficiency. She leads our Customer Service team and tries to keep all our resources in stock. Queenie and her family are involved in the ministry at St Mark's, Malabar.

Rachel Macdonald, GoThereFor Platform Editor (Sydney)

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Rachel is the Platform Editor for GoThereFor, and loves having a job where she reads about Jesus and cares about commas. She is married to Seumas, a professional church history and biblical Greek nerd, and they have one young daughter.

Kirsten McKinlay, Editorial Assistant (Sydney)

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Kirsten and her husband, Dan, are from Edinburgh in Scotland, and have come out to Sydney for a few years to study at Moore College. Kirsten helps Emma keep the wheels of new books and reprints turning. She is a self-confessed grammar fanatic and finds few things more satisfying than correcting a rogue apostrophe or fixing a comma splice.

Emma Thornett, Managing Editor (Sydney)

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Emma is the organizational hub of the Publishing Department. She coordinates all aspects of the production process and does important editing work to make sure all our resources 'sing'. Emma loves cats and is, according to her work mates, ‘frighteningly efficient’.

Sam Wallace, Customer Service (Australia)

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Sam is the friendly voice you hear when you call our Sydney office. He'll help you make an order, pay an invoice or assist with any enquiry you may have. He attends and serves at Grace City Church, Waterloo, and when he's not helping get your order to your doorstep, he can be found making films, drinking tea and writing about himself in the third person.

Susan Weddell, Warehouse Assistant (Sydney)

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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.

Joy Lankshear, Graphic Designer (Sydney)

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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, Mrs Cathy Grimmond, Mr Greg Bridge and Ms Monique New. Tony Payne and Ian Carmichael are executive directors. The directors of Matthias Media (USA) are: Rev Andrew Smith (Chair), Mrs Colleen McFadden, Mr Grady Summers, Rev Michael L Johnson, Rev Chris Drombetta and Mr Ian Carmichael. Marty Sweeney is an executive director.


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