Meet Pastor Matt

I was born in Newborn, Georgia—a small, rural town that is located about 50 miles east of Atlanta. Sports have always been a passion of mine. God used sports to bring me to Clemson University in 1998 to play football. Clemson is where I met my wife, Annie, and later graduated in 2001.

I went on to law school and practiced law in Greenville, South Carolina for 8 years. While practicing law in Greenville, God miraculously opened my eyes and awakened me to the reality of Jesus Christ. The LORD gave me a hunger and passion at that time for seeing people awakened spiritually. My family and I later moved from Greenville to Wilmore Kentucky, where I finished my Master of Divinity studies and graduated from Asbury Seminary.

Since becoming a pastor, our family has lived in many different places. Most recently we lived and served in Selma, Alabama for several years. In hindsight, I believe God has moved us around so that we could meet and learn from lots of incredible people—many of whom are from places all around the world. The LORD wanted us to see and experience the many unique ways God’s people worship and connect with Him.

God has given me a heart for diversity. He has taught me so much in the most unlikely ways and from the most unlikely people. God has allowed me to taste and experience the vastness, beauty and diversity of the Kingdom of God—and I want to share that gift with others.

Annie and I are so grateful for the opportunity plant Blue Ridge Community Fellowship with so many amazing families and friends. To God be the Glory!