I became a believer at a fairly young age. My parents started seriously taking us to church when I was about 5 and I remember a specific moment of knowing that I loved God at the end of elementary school. I remember reading a book about God in 5th grade and going up to my parents and saying, “Mom! Dad! My life is changed! Everything is different now!” I’m pretty sure they thought I was crazy but God had done something in me and I still haven’t shaken it.
Middle school brought some of the hardest things in my life. My parents decided to get divorced at the end of my 6th grade year and my three brothers and I were rocked by it. The night that they told us that they were getting divorced, I had to make a distinct decision: Was I going to lean on God and face my feelings? Or would I run and rebel? I prayed to the Lord that my heart would depend on Him and that I would be strongly dependent on God. But that is much easier said than done.
The Lord was faithful to save me and I had a heart that could love Him but I was still immature in many ways. I loved God but I never had anyone who personally discipled me or taught me how to live a life for Jesus and like Jesus. Mostly because I never committed myself to my church or to a mentor. But in my freshman year of high school the Lord provided a group for me to be apart of and a leader that I would submit to.
I became heavily involved in YoungLife and loved the fellowship that I had with my friends in our group. By my senior year I had developed a true family of believers and I had started to practice disciplines that I had never practiced before. As I entered college the Lord was still gracious to correct me and I went through a huge shift in my faith. I began to ask why I believed what I believed and realized that all of my knowledge of the Lord was based on what others told me and not from my own personal pursuit. So I took all of my beliefs, placed them on the shelf, and filtered them through what the Bible said. It was hard, it was convicting, but the Lord used it in many ways to shape me today.
At the end of my sophomore year, I went and lived in Costa Rica for 6 months. During that time, a team of people were driving over from Moscow, ID to scope out the campus and plant what would become Resonate EWU in the Fall of 2015. When I returned, I was amazed by their desire for others to be saved and for every believer to be utilized for the expansion of the Kingdom. Since then, I married a beautiful girl (Courtney), worked in Spokane at a mentoring program, and now am on staff with my best friends doing what I love!
My prayer for Resonate and my ministry is that believers would be trained and sent, nonbelievers would find their ultimate joy in Christ, and that the Lord would be glorified in my life and the transformation of peoples across the Northwest and the world.
Myers Briggs: ESFP
Top 5 Strengths: Woo (Win others over), Includer, Communication, Positivity, Arranger
Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org