Matt has served in ministry at FBC for 17 years, 3 as our Youth Director. From leading the worship team to helping in the nursery Matt and his wife of 8 years Kelsie have a heart for the ministry of FBC. They and their daughter Matelyn love spending time together, especially at their favorite place, Walt Disney World. Matt and Kelsie have lived in the Sarasota/Manatee area for most of their life and love the community deeply. Matt is an avid sports fan who loves the Bucs, Bolts, Rays, and Sooners (you can see why he and PD get along) as well as coaching youth football. Music has always been a major part of Matt’s life. In his office you will see a signed picture from Phil Collins that he received on his 18th birthday and a laminated pass from Matt’s time as a touring musician. A self-confessing Bible nerd, Matt loves to spend his time reading the Word and listening to audiobooks by his favorite authors some of which include Timothy Keller, C.S. Lewis, and N.T. Wright. Matt has a heart for teaching the Word to a new generation and doing it in a way that they not only understand it, but can act on it. He is passionate about thinking and working through the complexities and tough questions of life and faith with everyday people.
Here are answers to a few questions so you can get to know Matt a little better.
- Favorite Book – I apologize in advance I’m not good at answering “favorite” questions.
Fiction: The Great Divorce by C.S Lewis and the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Non-Fiction: Anything by Timothy Keller; Mere Christianity and Miracles by C.S Lewis; Surprised by Hope and The Day the Revolution Began by N.T Wright.
- Favorite Movie – Inception, Moneyball, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
- Last meal on earth – I probably would go with a breakfast feast. A good omelet, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, the Mickey waffles from Disney that are inexplicably the best waffles ever, the whole shebang, and I’d have to finish it off with ice cream (of course).
- In terms of your faith; where did it all begin? I was not raised in a Christian home, but I would say my parents were always searching for spirituality in their own ways. My father was diagnosed with a serious form of melanoma when I was young. At one point he was told he had 6 months to live. Luckily, he remains cancer free and in remission today. His brush with death had a profound impact on the way I viewed mortality and the purpose of living. My quest for answers never formed itself into a coherent worldview and eventually a belief in Jesus until I was a teenager at a youth camp in 2001. It has been quite a journey full of hills and valleys, but the Lord has been faithful and gracious through it all.