Matthew was born in Lenoir, NC but moved to N. Myrtle Beach, SC at a young age. He and his wife, Penny both grew up in the same area. They both began a relationship with the Lord at a young age and attended the same youth group in high school. They both had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. After high school Matthew went to Erskine College in Due West, SC where he earned a double major in History and Sociology. His senior year at Erskine he began dating Penny. (Although they started dating in college, they have known each other since kindergarten!) They were engaged in Africa on a mission trip in 1999 and were married later in May of 2000. They moved to the Bluffton/Hilton Head area in 2001 where Matthew served as the Youth Pastor at Grace Community Church. In February 2012, he was called and now serves as the Lead Pastor at Grace Church. Matthew and Penny have two sons; 10 year old, Rivers, and a 8 year old, Wells. Matthew continues his education at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary towards and Masters in Christian Leadership.
Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NASB)
‘Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.’