Appointed to Cadence in 1973, the Lord led the Metkos to minister through hospitality houses in Kaiserslautern, Bamberg, and Mannheim through 1987. From 1988-2010 they served in field leadership roles in Europe, Panama, and the USA, followed by four years as mentors for incoming Cadence staff and those on home assignment. In 2015 they transitioned to Cadence Ambassador status.
Beryl came to faith through the influence of missionaries she heard in northern Idaho. Also, Baptist church planters impacted the lives of both her and her mother when they were young believers. Paul grew up in a non-Christian home. A lifelong friend, along with the friend’s family, helped him to hear about Jesus. Then, as a sophomore in high school, he was invited to a youth group where he began to understand the gospel of Christ, and he saw how God’s love filtered through to Paul’s peers who accepted him. At a revival in March 1960, Paul received the gift of salvation.
The Metkos met in a Baptist church in Denver in 1964 while Paul was in training at Lowry AFB and Beryl was getting her pediatric training at Children’s Hospital. They were married in 1965 before Beryl joined the Army. Following their military training, they went to Multnomah School of the Bible from 1968-73, at which time their children were born. Their twin daughters, Laura and Lisa, are married to first responders (police and fireman). Lisa has five grandchildren. They now live with their son and his family.