Email Matt at matt@gogracechurch.com.

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I grew up in Denton, TX and the old saying that “you can take a boy out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the boy” is a true statement. While I have lived in Tennessee since 2005, I am still very much a Texan at heart and continue to cheer for the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.  I have, however, become quite the loyal Vanderbilt fan thanks to my wife and her family’s influence.

While growing up in Texas I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian family.  My parents and both set of grandparents were strong Christian influences in my life.  When I was nine years old, my younger sister accepted Christ. Following my sister’s decision, my dad explained with me what my sister’s decision meant and told me that whenever I wanted to we could talk more about me becoming Christian as well.  A few days later, before going to sleep one night my dad led me to Christ. 

My growth in Christ did not begin to mature, however, until late in my high school years.  During my senior year of high school my relationship with Christ truly began to grow. Leading into my senior year, I began to consistently spend time reading my Bible and in prayer. A significant part of my testimony is how God opened the door for me to attend Dallas Baptist University (a school that I had never heard of prior to my senior year) and then closed the door for me to attend Texas A&M (the school I dreamed of attending as a child).  It was while attending Dallas Baptist University where I first felt God calling me into ministry and specifically to working with students.  Additionally, in January of my sophomore year of college (2002), the pastor at my church challenged us as the congregation to read through the entire Bible that year.   My roommate and I took on the challenge and I am so thankful that we did.  Without question, that year was a significant marker in my spiritual maturity.

My wife Amy and I met while working a summer camp in 2004 and have been married since 2005.  We have two spirited young kids, Claire and Jack.  Amy works in the Bible study publishing area of LifeWay and has a heart for women’s ministry.