Pastor Matt’s history with First Christian Church began as a member of the Praise and Worship Team while a student at Benedictine College in the late nineties. Pastor Matt received his call to ministry during these years and returned to First Christian Church to be ordained after graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 2003.
Pastor Matt served as Senior Minister at Disciples of Christ churches in Kansas City and Topeka, and as a Chaplain at Valley Hope Substance Abuse Recovery Center before returning to First Christian Church as Pastor in 2016.
Pastor Matt enjoys travelling to warm places, playing the guitar, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with family. Pastor Matt’s wife Christine is a professional cellist and pianist who runs two teaching studios and is part of the worship band at the church. The boys, Christian and Brendan (who were dedicated at First Christian Church twenty-some years ago), are now grown and live in Lawrence, KS. Miriam (who goes by “Missy”) is fourteen and loves dancing, music, and art.