“Connect, Grow, Serve” is Matt’s ministry mantra. More broadly expressed, his passion is to help people connect with God and one another, grow in their faith, and serve the world.
Matt grew up in Augusta and graduated from Georgia Southern University (BS, Construction Management, 1997). After college, Matt began worshipping at a United Methodist Church and was drawn to the church’s doctrine, theology, and practice. In that setting, he felt a call to ordained ministry. While attending Duke Divinity School (M.Div., 2005) Matt served as a youth minister (Davis Street UMC, Burlington, NC) and, later, as a student pastor (City Road UMC, Henderson, NC).
In the North Georgia Conference, Matt has served Aldersgate UMC (Associate, Augusta, 2004-2006), Asbury UMC (Pastor in Charge, Augusta, 2006-2010), Inman Park UMC (Pastor in Charge, Atlanta, 2010-2015), Peachtree Road UMC (Associate, Atlanta, 2015-2017), and most recently, Hickory Flat UMC (Pastor in Charge, Canton, 2017-2021).
Matt and his wife, Anne, have two children, Caleb (16) and Sarah (13). Matt’s hobbies include watching the Duke Blue Devils shoot hoops, playing golf (as often as possible), and brewing beer at home.