Hi. My name is Matt.
My wife, Heidi, and I were married in 2005. She is the joy of my life and she shapes me more every day by her faithfulness, her prayer life, and her incredible gift with people.
We have three sons. Nolan is 10 going on 80. Grady is 7 and will probably have the spunk of a 7 year old most of his life. And Jonathan is 3 just trying to endure the rag doll life he has with two older brothers. “The boys” as we call them, are a little bit nuts but the greatest of all blessings for Heidi and I. It’s hard to imagine our lives without these three little ones running wild around us.
Beginning in 2018 my family and I began a new adventure by launching Spirit & Truth. Spirit & Truth is a new movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Before serving as the President of Spirit & Truth I served for nearly 13 years in different roles with local congregations of the United Methodist Church. Most recently I served in Celina, Ohio for seven years where I was the Lead Pastor of Grand Lake United Methodist Church. After discerning God’s call to step into a missionary role, I also worked for a year with a missionary organization based out of Dallas, Texas who helped to unite churches across denominational lines for the sake of sharing Christ with their communities.
It has been a beautiful journey. I am not in the place or situation I ever expected, but it has been far better than anything I had planned because God has been in it. (For the two people that will ever read this and care about my educational background…I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with an M.Div., I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and I am currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree with United Theological Seminary.)
Just for the record, I am not an expert on anything. I didn’t start this blog because I think I have any kind of grand wisdom to offer to the world. I don’t. I just figured that if sharing the ways God is stretching me could somehow be a blessing to someone else, that’s great. Even if this blog is only a way for me to process my own learnings, that’s fine too.
I am a pretty boring guy actually. I love my wife, I absolutely love being a dad, and I have been trying to follow God’s call in ministry since he first nudged my heart in 9th grade. I am just learning to trust Jesus step by step…