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meet the staff and board


Who is PCCR?

Plain Compassion Crisis Response (PCCR) is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that was formed in the fall of 2014 as a response to the refugee crisis in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. The vision of this organization is to demonstrate God’s love by providing relief in areas of disaster that are not publicized widely and/or hard to access.

The mission of PCCR is to equip our volunteers with training and leadership skills needed to make a greater impact on the field and deploy them to the areas that we want to reach.

~Merv King

We believe in one God, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
1 Tim 1:17 Psa 45:6

We believe that the Bible (both old and new testaments) is the inherent Word of God and is given for the instruction and guidance of the believer.
2 Tim 3:16-17; John 1:1,4

We believe that Jesus Is the Son of God, and that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
Luke 1:35; Matt 1:20-25

We believe that man, through unbelief and disobedience, fell into sin, bringing depravity and death upon the human race; that man as a sinner is self-centered and self-willed, unable to redeem himself. 
Gen 3:1-6; Rom 3:10-18, 23; Rom 5:12

We believe that it is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all would turn to Him and that He gave His son, Jesus, as a sacrifice in our stead so that by believing in Him (Jesus) we could be reconciled to the Father. 
2 Pet 3:9; John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:10

We believe that there is one mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus, who shed His blood and died on Calvary to redeem us from sin, was resurrected from the dead, ascended to heaven and is sitting at the right hand of God, interceding for us. 
John 3:16; Heb 9:12-14; Col 1:20-22

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus – a free gift bestowed by God on all who believe in Jesus, repent of their sins, are born again, baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in newness of life. 
Eph 2:8; Acts 3:19; Rom 6:4; Acts 2:38

We believe in one universal church, a community of saints, of which Jesus is the head, which includes all of these saints which believe in Jesus Christ unto remission of sins.
 1 Cor 12:13-14

We believe in a literal Heaven where all who are children of God can spend eternity in fellowship with Him and a literal hell that will burn for eternity, with no end where all who refuse the salvation offered by the sacrifice made by Jesus the Christ on the cross will suffer for all eternity without end. 
Luke 13:3; Matt 25:41-46; Rev 14:11

Our Vision: To bring the peace and redemption of Jesus Christ into the lives of those who have been affected by disaster. 

Our Mission: To train and equip teams to bring hope, resources and leadership to humanitarian disasters around the world.

Our Purpose: To help the people around us so that they can experience His love.

Meet the staff


Merv King

I’m married to my beautiful wife Anna Mae and we have 7 children. As a family, we enjoy any time that we get to spend together. In the evenings or weekends, I enjoy watching my children’s activities whether it’s a softball game, bible quizzing, or playing music with them. In addition to serving with PCCR, I serve on the pastoral team at church (Abundant Life Christian Fellowship). I enjoy working with people and helping them discover their potential and calling in their lives!

Operations Director

Mervin Beiler

Lydia Ann and I have been married since 2012 and we have six amazing children. We’ve lived in Shanks WV area since 2017 and  also serve with Light of Hope Ministries. We are passionate about training people to thrive in the Kingdom of God! I had a dream ever since I was a young boy to serve in the middle of a disaster or crisis, and to bring order to the chaos which tends to follow a crisis situation. PCCR is an organization that empowers us to fulfill this dream we have as a couple.

Administrative Assistant

Thea Gorber

I was born in Germany and moved to the US with my family when I turned 14. I live in Tennessee and work for PCCR from home. Design is one of my favorite things to do, along with reading, horseback riding, and most outdoor activities with my siblings and friends. This is a dream job for me, I love being a part of the staff at PCCR. 

International Field Director

John Heinzel

I’ve lived most of my life in Ireland, but in the past two years I have spent most of my time overseas. About fourteen months of that time was spent volunteering in Ukraine with PCCR and another mission, and then serving in Morocco for three months.
I love the work we do spreading the gospel through helping those in need, and look forward to what lies ahead!

International Field Director

Arthur Jones

Born in Ukraine and raised in Ireland, my journey in the humanitarian aid field began in a refugee camp in Greece in 2021. I served there for 8 months, leading up to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This prompted my return to Ukraine to evacuate my grandmother and to remain to support my homeland. Amidst this, I encountered PCCR and became part of the team, serving both in Ukraine and in Morocco.
I’m excited to see all the places God will lead us and how far He’ll take us to help those in need during times of crisis and to show His boundless love to them. I have witnessed His mighty hand at work countless times in the field, and I trust that He will continue to guide, protect, and sustain us wherever we go.
In faith, we courageously press onwards, for His glory!

US Response Director

Trevor Kilmer

I grew up in Missouri but currently live in Pennsylvania.
I have served as a volunteer with PCCR in Haiti and Ukraine and I’ve learned a lot along the way.
When I’m not traveling I enjoy spending time with friends and family, riding dirt bikes and editing videos.
I’m thankful to be a part of the PCCR staff, and I look forward to working with the volunteers in the field.

Marketing Director

Dorcas Kauffman

I was born in western Maryland and lived there till I was 6 and then moved to Michigan where Dad worked at a boys home as counselor. After 5 years we came back to Maryland. When I was 20, I moved to Lancaster, PA for a year and half, and then to West Virginia, where I currently live. I love traveling the world, coffee, trying new things, photography and serving the Lord where ever he leads me. 

Photography is a large passion of mine and am thrilled to used the skills both here in the US and internationally for PCCR.

Data Entry Assistant

Emma Yoder

Meet the Board

PCCR is directed by an independent board


Chad Martin

I have served with PCCR in Iraq, Nepal, and Puerto Rico as a volunteer, project coordinator, field director, and then as a board member. I have been involved in PCCR since Jan 2015. I am blessed to be the father of a lovely family and enjoy life with my family. I also enjoy the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. I work at Concrete Walls Unlimited as a job foreman and enjoy putting in quality foundations for people's homes.

Vice Chairman

Sam Stoltzfus

We've been married for 25 years and are blessed with 8 children. Kathryn married to David Campbell, Lydia married to Conrad Schmucker, Allen, James, Nathaniel, Malena, Alisa, & Austin. We live on a small farm in New Holland, PA, and attend Weavertown Mennonite Church. I am CEO at Country Lane Gazebos, building structures to enhance outdoor living. We enjoy camping & traveling as a family. We are passionate about serving in God's kingdom through various opportunities & are blessed to be a part of PCCR.


Duane Good

I work at Schnupp's grain roasting as an operations manager for our custom roasting division. I fill several other roles there as well. I love the diversity that I get there! I also volunteer as an Assistant Chief for our local Fire Department, work part-time as an A-EMT, and enjoy doing projects around our house with the family. I'm inspired by empowering others to fulfill their Anointing and seeing them blossom into the calling God's placed on them.


David Lapp

Fannie and I have been married since 2003 and have 12 beautiful children. I served on the first team to Iraq in 2014. With 15+ years involvement in nonprofit work. I bring that perspective to Plain Compassion. I am inspired by seeing people experience God outside of their comfort zone and I believe PCCR offers that experience.

Board Member

Manny Mercado

Hola! My name is Manny Mercado. I’m originally from Puerto Rico, but now reside in Reading, PA with my wife Janessa and our four young children. I enjoy real estate, and am so grateful that most times my job of managing our rentals and overseeing our house flipping projects almost feels like a hobby. We also recently opened Salt and Light Cafe (in Reading) with the goal of providing a place of connection and advancing the Kingdom. Both my wife and I deeply care about people and long to see more people both in our neighborhood and around the world truly know Jesus. I had the opportunity to work for the PCCR office a couple years ago, and am excited to join PCCR again, this time on the board. May PCCR do its part in seeing His kingdom come and His will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.

Board Member

Glen Zehr

I was born and raised in southern Virginia on a dairy farm. I met my wife, Rachel Kauffman, while attending SMBI in 1993. We got married in 1994 and lived in Hanover PA until the summer of 1995 before moving back to the home farm in Virginia. There, we raised our 5 children. I have been involved in music ministry since 1997 with Voice Of Praise quartet and have a heart for people. We sold the dairy in 2019, due to the struggling dairy economy, and moved Lebanon County PA There we were involved in starting Lighthouse Thrift Store in Myerstown. We attend Family Harvest Mennonite Church and are thankful for a caring church family. I am excited about how the Lord is using PCCR and is looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

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