Financials & Key Staff

Your Gift Goes Further

80 cents of every dollar Mercy Ships spends goes straight to our ships and field operations to provide surgeries and world-class medical care to those who have no other hope.

Plus, every dollar received multiplies in value, thanks to the support of our generous corporate sponsors.

We’re Committed to Transparency

Any questions? Please call us. We appreciate talking with our partners about all we do to reach those who need us most.

Mercy Ships is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) which provides accreditation to Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fundraising, and board governance.

80% Programmatic

  • 80% – Ship & Field Operations 80% 80%
  • 14.5% – Fundraising 14.5% 14.5%
  • 5.5% – General & Administrative 5.5% 5.5%

Mercy Ships Key Staff

Gert van de Weerdhof

Chief Executive Officer

Please welcome our CEO, Gert van de Weerdhof, to Mercy Ships! Gert has built his 30 year career in various industries and businesses around the Globe. He has served as a CEO for truly international companies and has built businesses in Europe, North-and South America and Asia. Gert has also been a member of the Mercy Ships Netherland’s Board of Directors.

Fred Grote

Chief Financial Officer

Fred has an extensive background and experience in Finance, Accounting, Planning, and International Operations. After joining Mercy Ships in August 2017, he became Chief Financial Officer on November 1, 2017. Prior to joining Mercy Ships, Fred held a position as Vice President, Planning and Analytics with Hunt Consolidated. Fred is a CPA and holds a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas as well as an MBA in Finance from The University of Dallas.

Dr. Miriam John

International Chief Medical Officer (Interim)

Dr. Miriam is an emergency medicine physician from the UK. She joined Mercy Ships as a volunteer in 2017 and has served in various positions in the hospital and medical capacity building. She is passionate about ensuring patient safety and strengthening healthcare systems through data-driven quality improvement and continuous professional education. She has executive education in leadership and change management from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and MIT Sloan School of Management and is a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Robert Corley

Chief Operating Officer

Robert Corley is our Chief Operating Officer. Robert has extensive multi-industry and global experience in strategic design, program execution, continuous improvement, and operational oversight.  In his role at Mercy Ships, he leads the operations of both ships and the ISC with a team from HR, IT, and Operations.

Paul Owen

General Counsel

In his role as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Paul Owen is responsible for the general legal and compliance affairs of the Mercy Ships group of affiliated organizations.  Paul joined Mercy Ships in November, 2020, after a 25 year career in the oil and gas industry.  He was born in Venezuela, and with his wife of 28 years and three adult children, has traveled the world for work and for short-term missions work.  He strives to live his faith in international business, legal, and missions issues, and is blessed to apply this passion in Mercy Ships.  He earned his B.A. from Texas Christian University, and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.


Mercy Ships is committed to using the resources provided to us responsibly in order to bring hope and healing to those in need. We are proud to be accredited by the following agencies: