Matt has a B.A. and M.A in Biblical Theology and Missiology and is experienced in Business Management, Youth Ministry, and was a full time Missionary in Togo, West Africa from 2008 to 2013.
While serving as missionaries in West Africa, Matt and his wife Grace linked up with Water4 after searching for a better way to do manual well drilling than the way they were previously doing it. Water4 shared their desire to find sustainable solutions and do so out of a love for God and neighbor, so it was a perfect fit. And when ongoing medical treatments required their relocation to the U.S., Water4 was happy to gain someone with the field experience to travel and train up-and-coming drill teams throughout the world.
Matt is married to his best friend, Grace, and they live in the country with their amazing dog Penny and new puppy Nala. After his wife and dogs, Matt’s favorite things are gardening, blacksmithing, motorcycles, classic literature, dancing with Pygmies, learning about and experiencing different cultures and worldviews, hiking and camping outdoors, etc.
Matt’s favorite quote is “Each of us may be sure that if God sends us on stony paths He will provide us with strong shoes, and He will not send us out on any journey for which He does not equip us well.” -Alexander MacLaren
Having worked in Togo as a missionary for five years with her husband Matt, Grace loves having the opportunity to work with Water4 from this side of the globe to continue helping the partners in the field. Even though they can’t be in Africa full-time anymore, her heart is still very much there, and it’s a blessing to still be involved in the work.
Grace is passionate about seeing lives and families transformed, and her favorite things include her husband, their dogs Penny and Nala, cooking and baking, experiencing God in His creation, gardening, reading, experiencing different cultures, traveling, camping, hiking, and many more…
Her favorite quote is, “Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ― Mother Teresa
Martin took up welding shortly before learning of Water4 and falling in love with the mission of the organization. And soon after coming to Water4 for a tour, he was able to put his new welding skills to good use as the new Production Assistant, fabricating well-drilling equipment for our drill teams in developing countries. Now Martin is our Logistics Manager, handling all the planning, packing and shipping of drill kits to places all over the world. It’s his dream job, and it’s something new everyday!
Martin is very close to his family. “They’re all awesome, I love them all,” he says. But his hero is his older brother, Parker, who has had to deal with more in his life than most, and has always been there for Martin to look up to.
Martin is passionate about trying to change the world for the better, and has incredible energy for the work he gets to do. Martin’s favorite things in life are friends, family, his faith, music, bowling, biking… and hot wings! And his favorite quote is, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” –Albert Einstein
Zack comes to us from EverFi, an education technology company that focuses on delivering critical life skills software to the public schools sector. Zack is also the co-founder of OKC GOOD, a nonprofit desiring to to amplify the voices of positive change agents in our neighbor-hoods and cities and is driven by the progress that Oklahoma city has made over the past several years toward being a more vibrant city.
During his undergrad at East Central University, Zack took time off to live in Uganda. He previously worked with Invisible Children on one of the most well-known internet campaigns to date, Kony 2012. He is currently in graduate school working towards his degree in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University.
Zack grew up in a large family that is very close, and is newly married to his beautiful wife, Jenna. His favorite things in life are coffee, traveling, bonfires, friendship, community and meaningful work.
Zack’s favorite quote is, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margeret Mead
Michael is a follower of Christ, a lover of people, and is always seeking to be better at both. He comes to Water4 with over a decade of leadership experience in higher education marketing & fundraising. He has a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Oklahoma Christian University and a master's degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma.
He is married to his high school sweetheart Annaleise. Together they are the proud parents of Isabella & Benjamin Mitchell.
Michael's blog "Life to Her Years: Dad's Tips for Adding Life to a Daughter's Years" (lifetoheryears.com) has been featured in numerous online and print publications, and in 2014 he published the book "Life Lessons for Dad: Tea Parties, Tutus & All Things Pink."
His favorite quote is, “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” -James Michener
Director of Global Franchise Development
Jon has spent the past 20 years transferring technology to businesses in Africa to solve African problems in small scale irrigation, agro-processing, improved cookstoves and rural water supply. An agricultural engineer by training his passion for manual drilling dates back to his experiences working in small-scale horticulture in the late 1980s in Niger. When hearing that Jon was joining Water4 a colleague remarked “you are returning to your roots.” Jon feels that way too.
His 3 children and wife of 36 years, Michèle, have supported him throughout the years; evidenced by all 5 having different countries of birth.
Jon believes that you “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Josh has always had a desire to do meaningful work, and he found his perfect fit at Water4. A short-term job doing building renovations quickly turned into a full time position as Production Manager because of Josh's attention to detail and love for learning new skills.
Josh loves to create -- whether it is welding well-drilling tools or making music. Other things he enjoys is spending time with his wife and their pets, being outside, hiking in the mountains and happiness. He lives his life with the values that you must be true to yourself and kind to others.
Del comes to Water4 with a varied ministry background. He and his wife, Marilyn, were missionaries in Japan for 18 years. During this time, they were involved in the beginning of three Japanese churches and initiated a counseling and marriage ministry in Tokyo that continues today.
Upon returning to the states, Del joined a sports ministry working with professional athletes to carry a message of right choices and hope to the youth of America. He and Marilyn then began teaching marriage seminars in churches across the country. Del has also worked with various Christian non-profits assisting them in their fundraising structure and efforts.
The Palmers are passionate about helping churches and other civic groups and community groups to save lives physically and spiritually in Africa with Water4.
Del enjoys tennis and sailing. One of Del's favorite quotes is: "No retreats, No reserve, No regrets!" ~Borden of Yale. One of his favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20 NLT "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more that we might ask or think."
Carly graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Psychology.
Her positivity, sense of humor and go-getter attitude make her a great asset to the team at Water4. Carly is passionate about creativity, simplicity and showing compassion. And her favorite thing in life is spending time with her husband, Adam, and their Chihuahuas.
Her favorite quote is, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
Jerry has spent his career in public service, having formerly served as Secretary in the cabinet of two state governors (Oklahoma & Florida), and as an appointed policy leader for three U.S. Presidents. He is also the founder and first President of Family Research Council in Washington, DC.
During the past four years he has traveled extensively internationally interacting with policy leaders from developing countries as Senior Fellow of the Geneva Institute of Leadership & Public Policy (Geneva, Switzerland), and as a visiting lecturer at Kenya School of Government (Nairobi, Kenya).
Jerry is 4th generation Oklahoman and grew up the son of a pastor in Clinton. He and his wife Sharyn have four children and 10 grandchildren. Time with his family is one of his favorite things in life, and he also enjoys antique cars, bluegrass and country music, and being involved in nation building activities in the developing world.
He came to Water4 out of a desire to influence nations through leadership, policy and solutions— particularly solutions related to water and sanitation issues for the world's poor.
Annual Giving Officer
Mike's passions are children and education. A husband and father of two, he's most fulfilled when he is engaged in projects that use his skills to improve the lives of kids and strengthen families. In that sense, his position at Water4 is more than a job for him, it is a vocation and a calling.
He’s built a career raising critical funding for causes he believes in, and he's excited that his experience has intersected with the opportunity to end the water crisis. “I can't imagine a better way to live out the call placed on my life than by growing the impact of Water4,” he says.
He earned a bachelor's degree in religion (summa cum laude) and a Master's degree in non-profit leadership from Oklahoma City University.
Jim spent 10 years as a professional musician and 20 years in the medical industry before landing at Water4, where his job is to connect churches and organizations with the work that Water4 is doing. What gets Jim out of bed in the morning is the urgency of knowing he is part of a solution that is saving lives, which drives him to do his part to further the cause. He is passionate about helping others and calling for the Church in America to rise up and show love the world.
Jim is married to his lovely wife Susan and they have three sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandsons. Jim's hero is his son Marquise who recently had his third kidney transplant and has never known a completely healthy life. Marquise reminds him daily that life is precious and there is nothing worth being anxious about.
Margie has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Central Oklahoma and holds over 30 years of accounting experience in a broad range of industries – retail, financial services, insurance, software development & services, oil & gas and now not-for-profit.
Margie has been married to her husband Joe for 31 years, and they have raised two sons, Bryan and Ben, and will soon add a daughter-in-law to the mix.
Margie loves family, friends and gardening and is passionate about demonstrating a positive attitude in everything she does. Her favorite quote is from Mary Catherine Bateson, “We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”
Randy has been working in the finance field for more than 38 years. His background is diverse, having worked in various industries such as entertainment, construction, oil & gas, food and non-profit. But Randy believes that all of those experiences have been orchestrated to bring him to where he is now.
Randy loves to play golf, come rain or shine. He also loves to write poetry and spend time taking photos of his family and all of God’s creations.
Randy is personally inspired by the story of Moses. Moses thought God was crazy when he asked him to lead His people. “Not me Lord, I am not worthy, surely I will fail.” And yet, Moses became a tremendous leader because he answered God’s call. Randy’s desire is that he will answer the call and allow God to do big things through his ordinary life.
Chief Executive Volunteer
With 28 years of military experience, it's no wonder we call him "The Colonel." Lynn is the man who knows how to get the job done, and he has taken Water4's facility from a rickety, drippy old building to a beautiful, fully-functioning office space.
Lynn is passionate about providing for his family, which consists of JoAn -- his wife of 50 years -- his two daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandsons.
Lynn enjoys singing in his church choir and reading good biographical history books, but what gets him out of bed in the morning is knowing he may be able to be a positive influence on those around him.