Meet our Staff




Joel and Crystal Yoder - Kristen, Janae, Kendall, Kurt, Jerrica

Director

The Yoders joined the Team in 2012 as Assistant Director and in 2018 moved into the Director role. Having seen first-hand the need for sending prepared workers, they are passionate about training workers for cross-cultural ministry. Joel guides the overall vision and organization of the MTC and helps with the teaching. Both Joel and Crystal assist with mentoring students who attend Long-Term Orientation. They love living in the city and want to help Anabaptist people catch a vision for cross-cultural ministry and church planting in cities across the world.

Jesse and Margaret Slabaugh - Rosa, Nathan

Assistant Director

The Slabaughs joined the MTC team in 2019. As Assistant Director, Jesse takes care of many day-to-day logistical matters, including processing applications, maintenance, finances, team communication, and lodging arrangements. Jesse and Margaret are excited about preparing and empowering individuals and families that God has called to specific places and people groups around the world. They also love the opportunity to invest in young people who are seeking God's heart through mentoring, discipleship, and hospitality.


Seth and Heather Lehman - Brendan, Kendrick, Aaron

WOW and Serve NYC Director, Houseparents

The Lehmans joined the MTC team in 2018. Seth coordinates visits from youth groups and provides direction for the young people that come as interns, and Heather uses her graphic design skills to produce new MTC materials. They love life in the city with their boys, and they are passionate about discipling young people and reaching urban dwellers worldwide with the Gospel.


Monica Byers

Director of Hospitality

Monica joined the Team in 2017. As Hospitality Director she takes care of cooking for each of the groups that come through for training, as well as housekeeping. She meets lots of new people and is blessed with how quickly strangers can become friends. It is important to her that each person who comes through The Center feels cared for, heard, experiences God's love and goes out with renewed zeal to share the Gospel with the people around them.

Carmen Yoder

Hospitality Assistant

Carmen joined the team in 2019 as Hospitality Assistant. She is responsible for cleaning and creating a welcoming space when people come for training or a visit, and she also assists with cooking. Her personal vision is, "In this world of pain and suffering, I will portray Jesus' patience, grace, love, and kindness to the people I meet."