About Us
EWTN Mission: Eternal Word Television Network is dedicated to the advancement of truth as defined by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The mission of the Eternal Word Television Network is to serve the orthodox belief and teaching of the Church as proclaimed by the supreme Pontiff and his predecessors.
What do you do with $200, a garage, and a passionate desire to spread the message of Christ throughout the world?
Start a Media Network!
It all began in 1981 when Mother Angelica stepped out in Faith and transformed the garage of her Poor Clare monastery in Birmingham, Alabama, into a TV network. That humble beginning in 1981 has become the world's largest Catholic media network, reaching more than 230 million homes in 140 countries and territories. Mother Angelica admits that building a network was never in her plans, but she says that '...since its founding, the Network's mission has been to spread the 'Eternal Word,' and to teach others that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life." Using television, radio, the internet and publishing, EWTN has gone global with the message of the Gospel.
History of EWTN Media Missionaries
About The Media Missionaries Department
Our Vision is that every Media Missionary has a Missionary Mindset, a mindset which is gripped with the urgent question: "How swiftly can I share what I have received from EWTN?!”

The Network's Mission, since its founding, has been to spread the Eternal Word, and to teach others that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life - Media Missionary volunteers respond to that mission by sharing the message of the Gospel through EWTN.

Our Objectives for the department is to support the Media Missionaries in their work to evangelize with EWTN. The department grows by giving folks the opportunity to become Media Missionaries, and it maintains the means of providing this support and growth.

Please keep our department in your prayers. We want to be the best support for you in this ministry you have chosen, and we have goals and standards that could use your prayers to accomplish.

God bless, Carlos, EWTN Media Missionaries Office.
Media Missionary Support Team
Jim Pinto
Jim Pinto, Director of the EWTN Media Missionaries Department, joined the EWTN Media Missionary family in 2012. He brings his considerable talents to the EWTN Media Missionaries to help further our mission. He has also been the host of our popular Media Missionary E-news videos that are e-mailed out monthly. In addition, Jim and his wife Joy, host the popular EWTN Radio series, "At Home with Jim and Joy". Jim has been at the center of the founding or development of numerous ministries in Greater Birmingham including Her Choice Birmingham Women's Center–C.P.C. and the Grace House Christian Home for Girls. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kean University, N. J., and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Joy are blessed with four children and fifteen grandchildren. The Pintos live in Fairfield, AL and are members of the Cathedral of St. Paul, Birmingham, AL.
Carlos Garcia
Carlos Garcia, Project Supervisor of the EWTN Media Missionaries Department, joined EWTN in 2013 after working as a structural/civil engineer in California. He worked for the U.S. Department of Defense to design structures, and the U.S. Forest Service to develop partnerships and unique projects. In his role at the Forest Service he worked closely with many volunteer groups, both at a national level and a local one. In his position, Carlos is responsible for helping to support the EWTN Media Missionaries in the US and Canada. He has a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, and is bi-lingual (native in English and proficient in Spanish). He now resides in Irondale, Alabama, with his wife Deborah and 3 children, and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows in Homewood, Alabama.
John Paul Lawhead
John Paul Lawhead, Support Supervisor of the EWTN Media Missionaries Department, joined EWTN in 2020 after teaching English to children in Shanghai, China. He worked as both the Communications Coordinator and Human Resources Coordinator for Books-A-Million as well as serving as management. He has worked as a Youth Department Library Assistant at the Birmingham Central Public Library. John Paul was a missionary and postulant with Glenmary Home Missionaries in which he worked in areas with double the poverty rating of the national average and little to no church presence. In his position, John Paul is responsible for helping to support the EWTN Media Missionaries in the US and Canada. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations (with a double major in Theater) from the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL. He also has graduate studies in Theology and Philosophy from Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. He now resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
Regional Marketing Manager
Walter Cordova
Walter Cordova, Regional Manager & National Marketing Manager for EWTN’s Spanish Services, joined EWTN in 2001 after working a number of years in the airline industry developing international markets. In his position, Walter is responsible for expanding EWTN’s distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries, managing relationships with dioceses in the Southwest Region of the United States and directing the national activities for EWTN Español. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park. Walter, his wife Amy and their two sons live in the Houston area and are parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands, TX.
Monica Maier
Monica Maier, Regional Marketing Manager, joined EWTN in 2015. In her position, Monica is responsible for expanding EWTN's distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries, and managing relationships with dioceses and media affiliates carrying EWTN in the California Region of the United States. She has an MBA, a Master's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering. Monica resides in Orange, CA with her husband John, and their two children. She is a parishioner of St. Norbert in Orange, CA.
Ron Meyer
Ron Meyer, Regional Marketing Manager, joined EWTN in 1999. In his position, Ron is responsible for expanding EWTN's distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries and managing relationships with dioceses and media affiliates carrying EWTN in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. He has an MBA from Point Park University in Pennsylvania and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
Mike Mishol
Mike Mishol, Regional Marketing & Corporate Accounts Manager, joined EWTN in 2002 after working over 15 years at ESPN, Inc. in a variety of executive finance and sales positions, most notably involved with the launch of the linear ESPN2 and ESPNews networks. In his position, Mike is responsible for expanding EWTN's distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries and managing relationships with dioceses and key corporate media accounts carrying EWTN nationwide and with affiliates in the Northeast Region of the United States. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Western New England University in Springfield, MA and a MBA in Finance from Michigan State University. He resides in Longmeadow, MA with his wife and six children, and is a parishioner of St. Martha Parish in Enfield, CT.
Elena Rodríguez
Elena Rodríguez, Regional Marketing Manager, joined EWTN in 2009 after working as a daily TV news reporter in the secular media and a correspondent for Vatican Radio. At EWTN, she has gained considerable bi-lingual media experience as a producer and on-air host for Radio, TV & Religious Catalogue. Elena is responsible for expanding EWTN’s distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries, managing relationships with dioceses in the Northwest Region of the United States. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Christine Schicker
Christine Schicker, Regional Marketing Manager, joined EWTN for the second time in 2014. She was originally hired by Mother Angelica in 1998 and worked in the Programming Department. Christine has worked for a number of cable companies including Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, VH1 and Comcast. For the past 14 years, she has worked for Catholic organizations including Relevant Radio, Steve Wood's Family Life Center International and the Catholic Marketing Agency, The Maximus Group. Most recently, Christine was the General Manager of Baraga Broadcasting, a network of Catholic radio stations in northern Michigan. In her position, Christine is responsible for expanding EWTN's distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries, and managing relationships with dioceses and media affiliates carrying EWTN in the North Central Region of the United States. Christine has a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcasting and Business. She attends The Church of the Resurrection in Lansing, Michigan.
Spencer Swope
Spencer Swope, Regional Marketing Manager, joined EWTN in 2000 after working in the life insurance industry for over 15 years, most notably with the Knights of Columbus. In his position, Spencer is responsible for expanding EWTN's distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries, and managing relationships with dioceses and media affiliates carrying EWTN in the Southern Region of the United States. He attended Brevard College in North Carolina, majoring in Psychology. In his 20's, Spencer drifted away from the Catholic faith, only to have a dramatic conversion on Divine Mercy Sunday of 95'. Spencer now resides in Hanceville, AL with his wife, Liz, and their eleven children. He is a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cullman, AL.
Nerissa Flores
Nerissa Flores, Regional Marketing Manager for Canada, joined EWTN in June 2019. Nerissa is responsible for expanding EWTN’s distribution, coordinating volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries, and managing relationships with dioceses and media affiliates across Canada. Nerissa has 20+ years of marketing, communications and fundraising experience, primarily from the faith-based sector. Most recently she was Manager, Planned Giving & Personal Gifts for the Archdiocese of Toronto and held development and communications roles with the Archdiocese prior. She was also Regional Marketing Manager with ABS-CBN Network North America for four years. She studied Business Administration, major in Marketing from the University of the Philippines and did her MBA studies as well from the same school.
Senior Management
Chris Wegemer
Chris Wegemer, Vice President of Marketing, joined EWTN in 1990, after nearly a decade of executive experience managing cable television companies now owned by industry leaders Time Warner and Comcast. He supervises the multinational team of EWTN representatives responsible for expanding EWTN's television and radio distribution worldwide, coordinating the volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries and managing relationships with dioceses, lay organizations, industry leaders and over 5,000 affiliated TV and radio stations carrying EWTN in 144 countries and territories. He graduated from Borromeo College Seminary in Ohio with a B. A. in Philosophy and completed his Master's Degree in Media Administration at Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Tom Wenzel
Tom Wenzel, Director of Marketing, joined EWTN in 2000 after working 15 years in the consumer product industry as a sales and marketing executive for brands such as Black & Decker, Sherwin Williams and Royal Appliance. In his position, Tom supervises a team of EWTN representatives responsible for expanding EWTN’s distribution, coordinating the volunteer activities of EWTN Media Missionaries and managing relationships with dioceses and media affiliates carrying EWTN in North America. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Tom resides in suburban Cleveland with his wife Carole and is a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in South Euclid, OH.
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