About the Woodleys

Matt and Tammy Woodley have felt God leading their family to serve Him around the world. Matt has participated in a number of short-term mission trips including a medical trip to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. Together their family served at Hospital Loma de Luz in Honduras in March of 2013 and Tenwek Hospital in Kenya in June of 2016. Following the completion of Matt’s residency in 2017, the Woodleys plan to begin their missionary career serving at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea through the Samaritan’s Purse Post-Residency Program.

Matt grew up in northern Minnesota and Long Island. He met Tammy while they were in undergrad at Eastern Nazarene College. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and is currently completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, PA. Matt enjoys soccer, chess, gardening, and shoveling snow (ok, maybe not the last one, but that’s just part of life in Erie).

Tammy grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania. She studied Elementary Education in college and is currently certified to teach K-6th grade. While Matt’s been busy learning how to be a doctor, Tammy has held various jobs (always involving kids of course). She was a nanny in Kansas City, served as an interim children’s pastor at New Hope Church of the Nazarene, taught preschool at Penn Christian Academy in Norristown, PA, and finally resolved to stay home and raise their children in 2012. Tammy is active in their local church, a MOPS program, and is currently busy homeschooling both of their kiddos. Tammy enjoys Netflix during nap time, creating lesson plans, and camping.


Elana is five years old. She is excited about moving to “Pop-U-Guinea” as she calls it and daily asks us about which toys she can take with us. She is very interested in people and animals around the world and spends a lot of time asking questions about various places. She loves learning, making crafts for her friends, and talking…about everything.


MJ (Mathew Jesiah) is three years old. He doesn’t have a clue what’s going on as far as missions goes…although he can find Papua New Guinea on a map. He loves making people smile and is always doing something silly, watching for a reaction. He spends his time kicking and throwing balls (or anything else he can find). He loves animals, trucks, balls, and picking on his sister.

The purpose of this blog is to help us process our lives as missionaries as well as allow others to join us on this journey!

Elana: 3/21
MJ: 3/17
Tammy: 12/29
Matt: 5/22

Anniversary: 5/30