About Matthew

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Matt joined the staff at Connect Church in September of 2011 as Worship Pastor, then again in February of 2017 as Arab Campus Pastor. He and Rachel have been married since 2005. They have two children: Charlotte (7) and Owen (5).

Where did you grow up?  

I grew up in Longmeadow,  a small town in Western Massachusetts, right next to Springfield and the Basketball Hall of Fame!

How did you become a Christian? 

I grew up in a wonderful home with a great family and lots of love. I responded to the gospel on November 6th 1996. From the very beginning I knew that God wanted me in full time vocational ministry. Most of my journey from that day forward has been trying to walk in obedience to His call on my life.

What do you do for free time?  

With two small children, free time is hard to come by! When I can catch a few minutes I am usually writing songs or working with the Sheriffs Department as a chaplain and Reserve Deputy.

What’s your favorite movie/tv shows?  

That is a really hard question! For movies- Gladiator, Remember the Titans, Avengers (All of them!), Dumb and Dumber...anything funny!

For TV shows- Travelers, Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Blacklist, Great British Baking Show

What’s the craziest job you’ve ever had? 

I have had a few jobs in Law Enforcement. Anytime you have to strap on a bullet proof vest and a gun to go to work...it seems a little crazy!

What is your favorite Bible verse?  

"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!"  Psalm 115:1

What is your favorite Connect Church memory?  

Our first public service at the Arab Campus! Knowing that God was doing a new thing and that we were able to be involved was an unforgettable and humbling experience.

What’s on your playlist?  

As a songwriter I tend to listen to a lot of music. I listen to almost all worship and Christian music as well as country, pop, R&B...pretty much everything!

Favorite books?  

Anything on Theology. Songwriting books are always good. Bonhoeffer, Platt, Chan, Chandler, C.S. Lewis, Oswald Chambers, Keller, Tozer...and on and on...