People

We have two dedicated teams: one in Sydney, Australia, and one in Youngstown, USA. We love talking about our resources with disciple-makers, so feel free to give us a call or email us.


Team USA


Marty Sweeney, Executive Director
Marty Sweeney

Marty started Matthias Media in North America in 2006. Previously he was a full-time pastor and since then he has returned to pastoral ministry (part-time). He oversees an apprenticeship program and small groups at Old North Church. He lives in Poland, OH with his wife Abby and their four children (and a standard poodle named Theophilus). He is the co-author of The Small Group and the Vine (with Tony Payne).

Amy Cardiero, Customer Service, Warehouse
Amy Cardiero

Amy has lived in the Youngstown area for her entire life. She spent a few years away studying Civil Engineering at the University of Dayton. She and her husband John have three children, and together they spend most of their time at a sporting event of some sort. Amy has been on staff with Matthias Media since 2016.

Laura Denny, Blog, Content

Laura Denny

Laura Denny is an avid reader who loves to share books, conversation and coffee. She homeschools her three children and often finds herself learning through teaching. Laura enjoys serving with her church family in a variety of ways, but especially with children and fellow moms. She and her husband Philip enjoy taking the family on road trips, especially to visit historic sites.

Beth Harrell, Customer Service, Content

Beth HarrellBeth has been with Matthias Media since 2012. She and her husband, Matt, have four children. Beth’s degrees are in communications (Taylor University) and school counseling (Butler University). Originally from rural Illinois, Beth now calls Youngstown, OH her home. She also is the Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Old North Church.

Lindsey Yeagley, Marketing Director

Lindsey Yeagley

Lindsey joined the Matthias Media team in 2017. She owns a photography business and works part-time specializing in design, marketing and video. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Originally from the Cleveland area, Lindsey now resides in the Youngstown area with her husband Scott and their three children. She's a fan of strong coffee especially if it's enjoyed in the mornings on her front porch.



Team Australia


Tony Payne, Writer and Chairperson
Tony Payne

Since founding Matthias Media in 1988, Tony Payne has written more than 30 books, ministry courses and Bible studies, including The Trellis and the VineThe Course of Your Life and The Tony Payne Collection (an anthology of articles and essays). He now works as a ministry trainer and writer-in-residence at Campus Bible Study (UNSW). He is married to Ali, with five adult children and six grandchildren. The Payneful Truth is Tony’s weekly text and audio journal.  

Gavin Shume, Executive Director
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Gavin has worked in Christian bookselling and ministry since 1998. Before joining Matthias Media he was the National Marketing & Buying Manager of Koorong Books, the COO of Open Doors Australia & New Zealand and ran his own consultancy company helping gospel-centred Christian ministries be more effective in their mission. He is married to Claire and they have three daughters and three grandsons.

Ian Carmichael, Publishing Consultant (Honorary)
Ian Carmichael

Ian has been with Matthias Media from the beginning (1988), co-leading with Tony for many of those years. Ian stepped down from the CEO role in late 2020, and now contributes in an honorary capacity. Ian and his wife, Stephanie, have two adult children, one gorgeous grandson, and are part of Chatswood Presbyterian Church in Sydney.

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. 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. 

 

Annesa Fung, Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant
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Annesa loves traveling and learning languages, and uses her free time to paint, drink coffee and bake bread. She attends St Paul's Anglican, and also works there as a graphic designer. She does not enjoy pasta.

 

 

Patrick Johns, Editorial Assistant
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If you’ve submitted a manuscript, chances are it will cross Patrick’s desk. Whether it’s coordinating with the design team or scouring the page for that stray apostrophe, Patrick’s critical eye makes sure our books are the best they can be. Patrick enjoys studying philosophy and is a member of Village Church Annandale.

Queenie Lau, Operations Manager
Queenie Lau

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 in Sydney.


Rachel Macdonald, Editor
Rachel MacdonaldRachel is the editor of the Matthias Media blog plus the occasional book, and also does some of our copywriting. Rachel loves having a job where she reads about Jesus and cares about commas. She is married to Seumas, a professional church history and Koine Greek nerd, and they have one young daughter.
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 and edits a number of our resources. She has an unusually high attention to detail, and is very happy to be in a job where she’s paid to be pedantic and to exercise her appreciation for good sentence structure.

Sam Wallace, Customer Service

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.

Joy Lankshear, Graphic Designer

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 website.



The Boards


Matthias Media (Australia) 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: Dr Tony Payne (Chair), Rev Sandy Grant, Mr Jonathan Marquet, Mrs Cathy Grimmond, Mr Greg Bridge and Ms Monique New.

The directors of the US company are: Chris Drombetta, Andrew Smith, Colleen McFadden, Grady Summers and Ian Carmichael. Marty Sweeney is an executive director.