“But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Acts 9:15-16​


Ananias House was started after its founder, witnessed firsthand both the devastating impact the conflict in the Middle Eastern region had on his homeland and the miraculous power of God in the lives of His children caught in the crossfire. Churches were left with few resources to care for the enormous number of people flooding their doors seeking refuge and truth.

Ananias House seeks to preserve the rich Christian heritage of Biblical times, and, in the face of darkness and despair, proclaim the light and hope of Jesus Christ to believers and peoples of other faiths alike through meeting practical and tangible needs, knowing that it is often in the darkest times that the power of God is most evident.

As many Christians in the West wonder what they can do to stand with the persecuted Church, Ananias House provides an avenue through which they can engage in the work the Lord is doing in the greater Middle East, and North Africa through prayer, advocacy, and financial support, among other endeavors. Ananias House desires for God to be glorified in this region and works directly with local churches and Christian leaders through Biblical training and Gospel Centered resources.



Executive Director

Kelly Aylward

Associate Executive Director

Adrianna Watson

Senior Director of Donor Relations

Barbara Neumann

Director of Women’s Leadership Training

Barbara Neumann (D.Min, Dallas Theological Seminary) currently serves as adjunct professor in the Educational Ministries and Leadership Department at DTS. Her additional activities include mentoring young leaders. She is co-author of “Organic Mentoring: A Mentor’s Guide to Relationships with Next Generation Women.”

Shelli Alaniz

Marketing Director & Women’s Training Assoc. Director

Pepper Lendennie

Program Manager



Executive Director

John holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Master’s degree from the University of Manchester (UK). In 2009, as he was successfully pursuing an engineering career, God asked him to redirect his energies into supporting the expanding ministry in the Middle East.

John is passionate about equipping believers to build the Church across the Arab world. The core of John’s ministry is providing systematic Bible training for church leaders to strengthen and equip the local church. John loves to share with audiences large and small what God is doing, and how churches and individuals can partner with Ananias House to support this unprecedented spiritual harvest.

David Roth

Chairman Executive Board

David is the owner of Roth Financial, a corporate financial consulting practice. He was an organizer and director of Icon Bank of Texas, before its sale in late 2018. David is a graduate of Baylor University and has a graduate degree from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He is married with two teenage children. He’s been an active member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church for nearly 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family.

Brandon Allen

Vice Chairman

Brandon is a go-to attorney for large construction cases and energy disputes. He has achieved successful outcomes in high-stakes cases for clients such as Energy Transfer Partners, Wood Group Mustang, United Salt Corporation, Zachry Construction, and Wisenbaker Builder Services. Brandon graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with High Honors after serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Law Review. Upon graduation, He clerked for Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and became a founding partner of Reynolds Frizzell LLP, which was named a Top Ten Litigation Boutique in America 2017 by Benchmark Litigation.

Silva Sherman

Board Member

Silva immigrated to the United States from the MENA region when she was 18. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree (Mathematics, Psychology, and Film Making) from Malone University in Ohio. She is married to Patrick Sherman and is a mother to two children, Theodore and Amalee. In the past, Silva worked with Open Doors in directing and managing the work in the Middle East, helping to establish the foundation of the work there. Prior to that, she worked at Second Baptist Church in the Singles ministry. She loves learning about the Lord through her time with family, traveling, serving through teaching, helping build ministry work, and leading mission trips. Her passion is to see God’s kingdom expand and be used in a way that brings glory to His name.

Ron Thompson

Board Member
Ron is a Partner for a $13B IT and consulting organization where he leads their Energy practice for North America. Ron graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served on both nuclear submarines and naval destroyers. He and his wife Peggy have two sons, both graduates of Texas A&M. graduates of Texas A&M. Ron and Peggy are very active in their local church where together they lead a home group and Peggy teaches. His association with Ananias House spans many years,and Ron considers it a great privilege to serve with Ananias House in the MENA region. He has a passion for the Muslin Background He has a passion for the MBB’s who have endured suffering beyond understanding but now, through the ministry of AH and the local church, are transforming their lives for Christ.

Larry Womack


Larry is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Copperfield Church, which started in 1991. He loves pastoring Copperfield Church and feels blessed to serve with the amazing staff and congregation.

Larry graduated from Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to Copperfield, he served for 19 years as a Student/Associate Pastor. Larry is married to Pamela and they have three grown sons, and two daughters-in-law, and one grandson. He loves hunting and fishing and working at the East Texas farm his father built.


Nelia Joyce – Chair

Callie Patterson

Peggy Thompson

Claudia Stewart

Mike Reske

Leslie Slaughter

Leah Anderson


The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelations of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority of Christian faith and life.

In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing as the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born, not created, of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.

That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.

That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.

That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.

Jesus will return and establish His Kingdom where God will reign forever making all things new.