Lyle Mullins – President and Founder
Lyle was a pastor for eighteen years. During that time, he was invited to travel to Guatemala as part of a mission team. The result was life changing for him. Sensing a call to become more involved in missions, he and his close friend, Pete Espeseth, formed HSM in the fall of 1997 to help people travel on short-term mission trips. As Lyle traveled with the ministry to different countries, he saw the urgent need of starving children. It was then that he realized HSM also needed to take on the work of hunger relief.
Lyle has traveled extensively in his work with Heaven Sent Ministries, and he continues to provide vision and encouragement to the staff and the board of Heaven Sent Ministries.
Lyle and his wife, Carolyn, live in West Virginia. Both of their sons also work with HSM.
Scott Mullins – Executive Director
Scott was involved in the ministry of HSM long before he officially began to work here. After a career in commercial auto parts management, Scott came to HSM as our executive director in 2003 and now oversees the day-to-day operations of the ministry. He is particularly involved in managing the details of our International Missions ministry as well as coordinating many of the logistical aspects of our Hunger Relief ministry.
Scott is a gifted encourager and finds many opportunities to fully utilize that gift in his work with HSM. He spends an incredible amount of time on the phone with our missionary partners in other parts of the world, learning about their needs, praying with them, and finding practical ways that HSM can assist them. Scott and his wife, Metty, live in Princeton, West Virginia. Scott enjoys a good cup of coffee. His interests also include classic cars, real estate, and travel.
Meet our Staff and Key Volunteers
Anne Amuthavalli – Board Secretary, Office Assistance
Anne worked alongside Lyle to start Heaven Sent Ministries and has been involved as a volunteer ever since. Mailings, regular post office runs, bank deposits, board minutes, assisting at Hunger Challenge events – the list of the ways Anne contributes to the ministry is long and varied.
Anne works full-time as an Occupational Therapist and lives in West Virginia. She enjoys flower gardening, baking, and reading.
Jason Bowden – Information Technology, Projects
Jason initially came to HSM in March of 2007 to work as our construction project coordinator, at a time when a major ministry emphasis was hosting visiting mission teams in Appalachia. When the ministry took a different turn, Jason showed us how versatile he is by becoming indispensible in meeting our information technology needs. He manages our website, troubleshoots staff computers and servers, and logs in remotely to assist our off-site staff.
With extensive experience in automotive repairs and building construction, Jason also keeps our small fleet of vehicles, mechanical equipment, and building in good repair. Jason also assists with the logistics of our Hunger Challenge events utilizing his background in the production/fabrication industry.
Jason and his wife, Kristen, have four young children. They live in the country, just a stone’s throw from our West Virginia headquarters. Jason enjoys camping, shooting sports, hunting, and geocaching.
Steve Brooks – Board member, Hospitality
Steve has been connected with the ministry nearly forever. He serves as a board member and also does all sorts of behind the scenes volunteer work for the ministry.
A retired court reporter, Steve spends portions of many days at the HSM office, doing whatever needs to be done. He runs errands, cooks meals, and provides encouragement to the staff. Steve also coordinates the food for nearly every HSM function.
Steve enjoys going to our Hunger Challenge events and meeting new people and spreading the Good News. He especially enjoys seeing the results of our mission here at Heaven Sent Ministries.
Lynda Gravier – Financial Systems, Communication, Donor Development
Lynda is a former CPA with experience in higher education and nonprofit administration. She manages our financial systems, helping us stay compliant with all those confusing accounting and tax regulations. Lynda also does much of the writing and publicity work for the organization, and she oversees our donor/development area. Lynda has worked with HSM since 2004.
Lynda and her husband, Mike, live in Northwest Indiana. They have three adult children scattered across the U.S. in various stages of pursuing degrees and careers. Lynda enjoys reading, searching for beach glass, hiking, and kayaking. She is also a fan of meeting friends for coffee and trying new restaurants.
David Griffis – Hunger Relief
David came to HSM in 2014 to help expand the huger relief portion of our ministry. With a broad background in both ministry and business, David is uniquely positioned to tap into a network of people who love Jesus, have some resources, and want to get personally involved in feeding starving children. David worked with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) for 15 years, and has also served as a pastor and as a hospice chaplain. David founded and continues to lead Heartland Ministry Network based in Wichita, KS.
David travels all over the country sharing his passion for feeding starving children and encouraging people to get involved in hands-on hunger relief. David and his wife, Lana, live in Wichita, Kansas. They have nine grown children and eight grandchildren. David enjoys fishing, fried okra, and chocolate milk. And he especially enjoys Sunday family lunches, where he gets to see most of his children and grandchildren nearly every week.
Jeff Mullins – Building and Warehouse Logistics, Vehicle Management, Video Production
Jeff began working for HSM in 2004, managing our warehouse and all of the items that come and go, especially related to our hunger relief work. He has become very familiar with truckloads of rice and soy, vitamins and vegetables – and he drives a mean forklift. Jeff coordinates the care of our vehicles, equipment, and building. He also maintains our insurance records. In addition, Jeff puts together video productions to share information about the ministry.
Jeff and his wife, Kathy, live in West Virginia and are the parents of a young daughter and son. Jeff enjoys time with his family, just about any kind of vehicle, working on models, taking his four-wheeler out for a ride, and camping in the sticks.
Metilda "Metty" Mullins – Accounting
Metty has been connected with Heaven Sent Ministries since its very earliest days. She opened the ministry’s first checking account and helped file for non-profit status with the IRS. Metty is a full-time Occupational Therapist, and she regularly volunteers her time at HSM.
Metty coordinates our accounts payable and payroll functions, as well as other pieces of the accounting system. She often travels to our Hunger Challenge events, providing a truly valuable set of extra hands. She is a terrific listener and encourager. Metty lives with her husband, Scott, near our headquarters in West Virginia. Metty enjoys the time she spends with her clients as an OT, as well as reading and traveling.
James Sekyere – Ghana Discipleship Center
James manages Heaven Sent Ministries’ NGO (non-governmental organization) in Ghana. He trains men and women as pastors and Christian leaders and also facilitates outreach work in the greater Accra community – including work with other Christian ministries and distribution of food.
James has a long track record in Christian ministry – more than 30 years, in fact. He has been a prominent Christian voice in West Africa. Working in nine different countries, he has trained more than four thousand men and women as pastors, missionaries, evangelists and Christian leaders during his career.
James is married to Lydia. In addition to her work as an attorney, Lydia assists from time to time in the ministry, doing counseling and addressing legal issues as needed. James and Lydia have three children. The family lives near Accra in Ghana.
Nancy Shrewsbury – International Missions
Nancy and her husband, Rondel, live on a small farm in southern West Virginia where they raise a few cattle and grow a lot of their own food. They have six children and three grandchildren, and some much-loved foster kids, too.
For twenty-two years she has worked for the Bible in the Schools Program in Mercer County Schools as a Bible teacher. She earned a B.A. in Bible with a minor in Missions at Columbia International University and has her M.Ed. in Administration from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Nancy’s heart is in missions, both locally and overseas. She wants to partner with others as they dream with God about His calling on their life, and help them fulfill their desire to serve and use the gifts God has given them.
She enjoys all her children, her chickens, her milk cow, Tess, and working alongside Rondel.
Jane Stout – Administrative Systems, Communication, Donor Care
Jane joined our staff in 2015 to take on the task of sorting out exactly who does what and how we can do everything better as we continue to grow, tracking all of our policies and procedures. Jane also coordinates our social media presence and assists with ministry communication.
Jane has a background in psychology, education, and human resources. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she has lived in many parts of the world and held a wide variety of jobs as a military spouse. She enjoys reading, landscaping, and gardening. Jane and her husband, Craig, live in West Virginia. Together, they serve as Chaplains for the Princeton Rays minor league baseball team and are active in the local Rotary Club. They have three adult children.
Tim Swingle – Discipleship, Database Management
Tim joined our missionary staff in 2011. He is gifted at discipleship and mentoring, and his desire is to equip people to repair broken relationships. Tim has worked extensively with people recovering from addiction. Because Tim is also organized and detail oriented, he has been terrific at managing our database and mailing lists. He also provides hands-on assistance at our Hunger Challenge events.
Tim enjoys hiking and photography. Originally from West Michigan, Tim and his wife Michele have two college-age sons, Ben and Aaron. They live in Princeton, West Virginia.
Andrew Tattersall – International Missions
Andrew is a British financial consultant by day and an international missions coordinator by night. Since 2007, Andrew has worked with HSM to match the skills and gifts of short-term volunteer mission travelers with the needs of dozens of missionaries and small mission agencies around the globe. Andrew now works fulltime in the financial services industry, but he continues to spend evenings and weekends connecting volunteers with meaningful ministry opportunities.
Andrew enjoys playing music, traveling, and gardening, as well as doing recreational activities with his family. Soccer, golf, swimming, and cricket are particular favourites. Andrew and his wife, Laura, live near Grantham, England with their three nearly-grown children. Laura and Andrew have been personally involved in international mission efforts for all of their married life – and for many years before they were married. Laura often jumps in to assist mission travelers as well.
Heaven Sent Ministries began in September of 1997. The seed was planted during a mission trip to Guatemala, a life-changing experience for me. After returning home, I met with two friends to pray together and seek direction for the next step. It wasn’t long before we sensed that God was leading us to form what would soon become an international missions agency. In just a few months the fledgling ministry began its first mission endeavor directed toward Central America, with a focus on short-term mission trips.
As HSM has grown over the years, so has its vision. God has directed us to help the most vulnerable. With the addition of key staff and volunteers, we are assisting with hunger relief by providing highly nutritious food packets for crisis situations around the globe. In addition, medical missions also enable us to effectively help others who suffer from chronic illnesses, due mostly from hunger related diseases.
Discipleship training has also become a part of our mission strategy. HSM is strategically located in Ghana, West Africa for the purpose of training church leaders through our facility in Afienya. Consequently, pastors and leaders from several countries in West Africa, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Nigeria, and Togo have also benefited from the discipleship training provided at our location.
HSM’s driving principle is to assist the church in reaching the world for Christ. Therefore, we believe that partnerships with local churches and other faith-based organizations are essential in carrying out the great commission of Christ.
Realizing that God may direct us in new and different areas of ministry, our philosophy is simple: We look to see where He is working and join Him there. We’d love to have you join us on this journey.
Lyle Mullins - President
You might have some questions about us. We’ll get you started with this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.
How can we find you?
Most of our team works from our office/headquarters in Princeton, WV. We’re not far from I-77, just north of the Virginia – West Virginia border. You’re welcome to visit. Here’s a map.
We also have team members who work remotely – from Indiana, Kansas, and the United Kingdom. You can find everyone’s contact info on our Staff Bios page.
If I make a donation to you, can I deduct it on my taxes?
We’re going to decline giving you any personal advice on preparing your taxes, but we can assure you that Heaven Sent Ministries is an Exempt Organization, as defined by IRS code section 501(c)(3). We are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. You can search the IRS database of Exempt Organizations for Heaven Sent Ministries, Inc to confirm this. Our EIN is 55-0755905.
What is your mission statement?
Our official mission statement is //Assisting the church in reaching the world for Christ.// That mission statement finds its feet in two more specific statements:
• //Helping YOU feed starving children// relates specifically to our hunger relief efforts.
• //Helping YOU help others// reflects a number of other efforts that we coordinate.
Are you connected with a particular denomination?
Nope. We are unashamedly Christian, but not connected with any particular denomination. Our staff and board members participate in a variety of Christian churches. Our financial support comes from a wide variety of people, churches, businesses, and civic organizations.
What motivates you?
• We believe that all people are created in the image of God.
• We believe Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 22 where he summarized the law of God: ‘Love the Lord your God’ and ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’
• We believe that our actions ought to match our words – so if people matter to God, it’s our job to act in a way that furthers his Kingdom here on earth.
Since you’re a Christian organization, do you only work with other Christians?
In the Hunger Relief aspect of our work, we distribute our food mainly through connections we have with other Christian organizations. Take a look here to see some of those organizations. However, we welcome the help of people from any faith – and those who profess no particular faith at all - in our work of feeding starving children around the world. If you’re interested in feeding starving children, you’re welcome to work alongside us. The job is big, and we’ll take all the hands we can get! (For more FAQs specifically about our Hunger Relief work, take a look here.
When it comes to connecting people with short-term mission experiences, our intention is to connect people who profess a Christian faith with our Christian missionary partners around the world. Our mission trip application explains this more specifically. Contact Andrew Tattersall, our International Missions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to get one.
What do you believe?
Along with most other Christian ministries and Christian churches, we affirm the truths of the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
Here’s a simple summary:
We believe Jesus, the Son of God, entered our broken world and lived a life that reveals God to us and tells us who we are: beings created by God in God’s image who, because of sin are separated from Him and, as a consequence, suffer in a broken world.
Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God and suffered and died on a cross to create the way for people to be reconnected to God, as we were created to be. After three days in the grave, Jesus rose again – defeating death – and returned to the Father in heaven.
Because Jesus died and rose again, we can live in hope for a new life in this world and in eternity with God.
To connect with this new life and hope, we need to recognize that we have big issues inherent in our nature that we can’t fix ourselves, accept Christ’s claim that he is the Son of God and the way to new life, and allow Him to lead us in the way to new life here and eternal life with him.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative word of God.
We do! You can read it here.
I’d like to know more about your finances.
We’re glad you asked. We like our donors and partners to be well informed. Our financial records are audited every year by a CPA firm. We also file an annual IRS Form 990, as required by law. You can find our most recent audited financial statements, copies of our 990, and a financial summary here. If you have more questions about our finances, we will do our best to answer them. Just get in touch here.
What do you accomplish in a typical year?
Each December, we publish a Year-In-Review Newsletter summarizing the activity of the ministry for that calendar year. We’d love for you to take a look. Here are the last couple editions of that publication.
If you have a question we haven’t answered here, feel free to send us an email and we’ll do our best to answer quickly.
If you have questions, we’d love to answer them.