Our faculty, staff, and leadership team deploys men and women with diverse experience, background, and training.

They come from a variety of nations and denominations—we are an international staff serving students from around the world. With a breadth of experience in pastoral ministry, missions work, educational, and marketplace experience, our team’s training in various disciplines—from master’s and doctoral degrees, to depth in lives of prayer and fasting—represents what you are looking for: true spiritual fathers and mothers who love Jesus passionately.

Meet the IHOPU team

Matt & Dana Candler
President, IHOPU // Prayer Director

Matt & Dana have served on the leadership team at the International House of Prayer since its beginning in 1999. Ministering together, along with their four children, they primarily serve as intercessory missionaries, building day and night prayer, together with singers, musicians and intercessors in the Global Prayer Room, offering up worship and agreement to Christ and His Word. Additionally, Matt serves as the President of International House of Prayer University, where he enjoys teaching subjects like Prayer, Night and Day Worship, The Psalms, and The Life of David. Matt’s ambition is to spread a passion for the beauty of Jesus in the Scriptures, enjoying prayer together, and loving His return. Dana serves as the Prayer Director at the International House of Prayer University, and as an instructor on subjects such as Prayer, Friendship with God, and A Theology of Holy Passion in the Song of Solomon. She is also the author of several books, including Deep unto Deep and First Love. Dana’s passion is to see the church fully alive in a deep love for Jesus.

Charles Metteer, PhD
Dean of Faculty, IHOPU

Dr. Charles Metteer is currently the dean of faculty and a faculty member at International House of Prayer University. He has served the Church of Jesus Christ as a mega-church pastor, church planter, inner-city pastor, seminary professor, Bible translator, and writer. His PhD focused on practical theology and spirituality, specifically desert spirituality and the spirituality of everyday life. Over the last 25 years he has written extensively for academic periodicals on these broad topics. In recent years his passion has shifted from writing to praying, which explains his wife Karen’s and his move from the halls of academia to the house of prayer in Kansas City.

Take a Gap Year to Pursue God.

Prioritize time to lay biblical and spiritual foundations that shape how you think, live, and relate with others. It is vital to take a season to set the groundwork for education, career, marriage, parenting, and all God has for you!