Literature And Teaching Ministries
Literature And Teaching Ministries (LATM) is an outgrowth of the ministry of College Press Publishing Company of Joplin, Missouri. Don DeWelt, beloved teacher and evangelist, founded College Press in 1959 to supply true-to-the-Scriptures Bible study textbooks.
But God’s world is bigger than one country. Don DeWelt traveled to many mission fields during his lifetime, and felt a burden to help the missionaries and national church leaders in those places to have books in their languages, too. From time to time, missionaries would request permission of College Press to translate and print a book. This would always be granted with no charge or royalty fee. But for every missionary who had taken it upon himself to translate and print books, there were ten more who wanted to, but because of financial and time constraints, simply could not.
As time passed, Don’s son Chris, who had served eight years as a missionary in Chile, came to share the burden to see quality materials printed in other languages. Together they envisioned a non-profit ministry that would help fund and print quality Christian books in the various languages of the countries where we have missionaries and national churches. In August, 1992, a year after Don passed away, Literature And Teaching Ministries was established for this purpose. Since then, LATM has helped publish nearly 1200 projects in over 80 languages for a total of over 2.3 million books.
Our Staff Members
Phil Casey – Executive Director
Phil grew up in a Christian home in the sleepy town of Correctionville, Iowa. He met Susan at Ozark Bible College, where he graduated in 1974. After serving for a dozen years as missionaries to Chile, the Caseys returned to the U.S., and Phil taught Missions at Nebraska Christian College. Phil helped establish LATM in 1992. He communicates with churches and individuals on the giving end of the ministry and missionaries and national church leaders on the receiving end. He likes helping provide good, Bible-based books in many languages to ministries all around the world.
Susan Casey – Donor Relations
Susan grew up in Albuquerque and went to OBC in search of answers to life’s questions. She found those, as well as Phil, graduating in 1972. In 1992 she joined Phil to help establish LATM, where she takes care of Donor Relations. She is the one who asks to present LATM’s work, or give an update, and keeps a close relationship with LATM’s donors. Susan speaks to ladies’ groups and retreats all over the U.S.
Karl Halverson – Incoming Executive Director
Karl has served God in six states and in Kosovo. He is a graduate of OCC, LCU, CIU and Fuller Seminary. He and Jill have three children in college and one in 7th grade. He likes good coffee; sitting (outside preferably), thinking, and writing. Most of all, he likes to see Christians respond to God’s Spirit and let God use them to build his Kingdom. He hopes to see more of that as he works with LATM!
Ralph Shead – Coordinator of Spanish and Portuguese Projects
Ralph Shead began his working career selling sodas and sweeping the family service station. Then he became a preacher of the gospel and has ministered in Missouri and South America. He coordinates LATM’s Spanish and Portuguese book projects. About working with LATM, Ralph says, “I never before helped so many people from so many cultures make so many disciples for the Master.”
Cindy Shead – Spanish Typographer
Cindy Shead was a missionary in Puerto Rico before graduating from college in 1973. She raised her family as a missionary wife and Bible teacher in Chile. Now she is a youth teacher at her church and the typographer of Spanish books for LATM. She also represents the ministry of Literature And Teaching Ministries with her husband at churches, camps, conventions, and vacation Bible schools. Cindy says, “Working with LATM gives me the opportunity to help people around the world grow into the image of Christ.”
Doug Reed – Director of Development
Doug Reed was a missionary for 18 years in the Dominican Republic before joining Literature And Teaching Ministries in 2009. His primary task is to make the coffee every day at LATM. Secondary responsibilities include keeping people informed about LATM’s marvelous ministry through Christ-centered books in the heart languages of church workers around the world.
Betsy Ragsdale – Administrative Assistant
Betsy Ragsdale joined the LATM team in 2014. She and her husband Lynn have 3 children and 9 grandchildren living in the Joplin area. Lynn and Betsy met at Lincoln Christian University and have spent the last 40+ years in ministries in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.
Board of Directors
Publisher, College Press Publishing Company
Director of Intercultural Studies, Ozark Christian College
Marsha Relyea Miles
Director of Church Mobilization,
Pioneer Bible Translators
Assistant to the Publisher, College Press Publishing Company
Missionary and Minister, Retired
Professor, Ozark Christian College
Executive Director, Celtic Christian Mission
Editor, College Press
Executive Director, Good News Productions, International
Statement of Faith
Literature And Teaching Ministries believes that the Bible is the full and final inspired Word of God and is infallible as an all-sufficient rule of faith and practice; in the deity and full authority of Jesus Christ; that faith in and obedience to Christ are essential for salvation. We also believe in the virgin birth of Christ, His atoning death on the cross, the bodily resurrection, the final judgment, and a literal heaven and hell as taught in the Bible. We believe in the divine origin and character of the Church. We are committed to the restoration of New Testament teaching, principles and practices.