Sam Metcalf


Sam and Patty Metcalf were one of four families that founded Novo in 1980, and he has served as president since 1985. He holds an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary, and a doctorate from the Fuller School of Theology. He also is an adjunct professor of Missional Practice in the SIS at Fuller. Sam also coordinates CoNext, the global partnership of Novo-like mission entities in a dozen nations that share mutual mission, vision, and values, all led by national leadership. Sam is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America. His book, Beyond the Local Church: How Apostolic Movements Can Change the World (InterVarsity Press) is a clarion affirmation to those called to ministry beyond the boundaries of local churches and a validation of the structures necessary for these apostolic leaders to thrive. He’s authored an array of other booklets and articles (available online through Novo). Patty is equally involved in ministry with a particular focus on healing prayer and intercession. Sam and Patty live in Southern California and have a son and daughter, both married, and five grandchildren.

Gary Mayes

Collective Director: ChurchNEXT

Gary joined Novo in 1997 after 20 years of pastoral ministry in order to live out his calling to equip leaders to build the church to reach the world of tomorrow. As Executive Director of ChurchNEXT, he lives in a unique position to fulfill that passion by giving leadership to 150 staff who serve on 17 teams worldwide. Gary has written five books, holds an undergraduate degree from Biola University, a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a doctorate from Bethel Seminary. His wife, Margaret, directs the Intercessory Prayer team for ChurchNEXT and provides personalized support for six of their team leaders. They live in the Phoenix area near their two adult children and two grandsons.

Matt Weston

Collective Director: ChurchNEXT

Matt and his wife, Jennifer, have been on staff with Novo since 2009 and are currently based in the great city of Memphis, Tennessee along with their two kids. They have a deep love for the city and have situated themselves in one of the urban core neighborhoods of Memphis, seeking to see the kingdom of God advanced in their corner of the city. In his role with Novo, Matt gives operational and strategic leadership to the ChurchNEXT Collective, resourcing teams to mobilize the church that is and pioneer the church of tomorrow.

Jody Hovda

Collective Director: Ethne

Jody and her husband, Paul, have served as missionaries with Novo since 1999. They began their career in Caracas, Venezuela and then, in 2012, launched to Novi Sad, Serbia. Jody is driven by a passion to see leaders make a significant kingdom impact by living out their calling and vision. As she provides leadership to Novo's Ethne Collective, she is able to live into her passion by serving over 120 staff impacting 50 nations. Jody and Paul have three children.

Bobby Booze

Collective Director: Ethne

Bobby worked as a CPA for five years before moving to Budapest, Hungary in 1992 with his wife, Debbie, to teach business. After joining the CRM-Hungary team in 1996, he trained and mentored church planters, pastors, and church leaders. He led the team from 2005 to 2009 before handing off leadership to a Hungarian. In 2014, Bobby and Debbie moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. As the operations director for Ethne, Bobby uses his experience and passion for the nations to help lead and support the work of over 120 staff impacting 50 nations.

Darren Prince

Collective Director: InnerCHANGE

Darren joined Novo in 1997 after a life-changing summer internship in San Francisco with InnerCHANGE, Novo’s order among the poor. Darren holds a BA degree from Wheaton College in Cross Cultural Christian Education. Before moving to East London in 2007 to establish an international base for InnerCHANGE, Darren and his wife, Pamela, started a street ministry and hospitality home for young adults living on the streets of San Francisco. In London, Darren and Pam work to equip the church for mission through teaching, discipleship, and coaching leaders. Darren serves as General Director of InnerCHANGE, overseeing the global vision and leadership structures for 20 teams serving in places of poverty. His passion is to enable InnerCHANGE teams to multiply disciples of Jesus among the poor and to develop local leaders for community change. Darren and Pam have three children.

Diane Moss

Collective Director: InnerCHANGE

With a BA in Business Administration and 18 years of work experience in accounting/auditing for an international organization, in 1998 Diane joined InnerCHANGE, Novo’s order among the poor. She has served in California, Cambodia, and Romania, living out her passion to see the poor, lonely, and outcast meeting and growing ever deeper in relationship with Jesus as well as both encouraging and challenging believers to put their faith into actions of justice, mercy, and love. She now lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, overseeing over 100 missionaries and volunteers on 20 teams in urban centers around the world, faithfully living out God’s call on their lives.

Kevin Brown

Chief Operating Officer

In 1998, Kevin joined Novo to spearhead the communications efforts in the area of website and video production. Since that time, Novo has doubled in size, and Kevin's role has adjusted accordingly. He has managed several teams including IT, Communications, Finance, and the Staff Training Team and led a variety of initiatives including staff conferences. He holds a degree in Communication from Biola University. Kevin and his wife, Colleen, live in Vancouver, Washington.

Mark Thrash

Director of Resource Development and Strategic Initiatives

Mark is the Director of Resource Development and Strategic Initiatives for Novo. He has a BA in Business Marketing from Biola University and was an Area Director with Young Life before coming to Novo. Mark loves his job because he gets to mix four things that he is passionate about: people, the kingdom of God, strategy, and starting new Kingdom initiatives. He loves walking alongside our faithful ministry partners and equipping them with tools from the Novo toolbox and inviting new friends into the Novo family. He also loves ensuring that our missionaries are fully resourced so they can fulfill Novo’s calling around the world. Mark is married to Jamie, and they are the proud parents of Hazel, Hank, and Mae. Team Thrash lives in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Rhonda Gervais

Director of Staff Relations

Rhonda joined Novo in 2006 and has been leading the Staff Relations Team since 2007. Her diverse background includes business administration, children’s ministry, worship and pastoral leadership, and, most recently, HR management. Rhonda’s true passion is to see people experience joy in this life by knowing and trusting Jesus and recognizing that their gifts, talents, and abilities have kingdom purpose. She and her husband, Ron, live in San Juan Capistrano, California. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren (#5 due in 2019).

Mike LaLonde

Director of IT

Mike joined Novo in 2011 to implement a new donation management and processing system. He started his IT career in 1987 and worked in the private sector before coming on board with Novo. He served as a Missionary and Mission Builder with YWAM at University of the Nations from 1983 through 1984. His aspiration is to discover more of God’s truth through qualified sources in order to be better prepared to share and defend the faith. Mike and his wife, Christine, live, serve, and fellowship in Huntington Beach, California with their daughter, Casey.

Peter Schrock

Director of Communication

Peter started at Novo in 2000 as a part-time staff photographer and graphic designer and in that role, traveled extensively to visit Novo teams in locations around the world. In 2010, he took on the challenge of leading the Communications team and has since focused on the development and implementation of Novo’s overall communications strategy. He holds a degree in Communication from Biola University. Peter and his wife, Catherine, live in San Diego, California.