Pastor Matt lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Sarah and their 2 kids. He has degrees from the World Harvest Bible College and Southeastern University. He became a youth pastor right out of college but was then recruited by ExxonMobil where he worked for 10 years. He had always felt the calling for ministry and felt that call even stronger when he heard Pastor Steven Furtick on Twitter. He knew that he wanted to be a part of the Elevation Church. So he quit ExxonMobil, uprooted his life, and moved to Charlotte, and has been a part of Elevation Church for 9 years. He got the opportunity to come back to Raleigh and has been the outreach pastor and associate campus pastor. Pastor Matt is a member of the Elevation Church’s launch team and has been instrumental in growing the church.
God took Pastor Matt through a transition in order for him to be a part of the great commission, ministry and a worker of the Gospel. He started the eFam group which currently has more than 30,000 members all over the world. The eFam uses social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube as an opportunity to grow the global movement of God. They set up watch parties for people all over the world to make them feel like they are part of the church. This is especially important for those who feel like their churches are not there for them, or they are in a place all over the world where the Christian church is not available for them at all. Pastor Matt is seeing a lot of people not just being saved, but also being baptized.
Outreach has always been his bread and butter from the very beginning. Pastor Matt talked about Love Week where volunteers serve for 1 hour every week. To date, they have already served 100,000 hours to communities all over the world. They looked to see who has a passion for the lost, the homeless, and see if they are not profitable. So they go and help them, work alongside them, and try to grow with them. 12% of every $1 is given back to outreach and this makes the Elevation Church almost somebody’s budget line as they can come in and help them financially as well. As a result of the Love Week activities, Global Hope India (GHI) has been able to provide thousands of hygiene kits to communities in India. All of that has been given in unconditional love and done with no strings attached. This is an expression of the Lord Jesus Christ and is something that they continue to love and grow.
Seeing thousands of foreign-born internationals moving into the community is a great opportunity to see God at work. Just bringing people from all around the world that may have very limited exposure to Jesus and see them become an ambassador for the Gospel by the grace of God has been an amazing experience for Pastor Matt. Every year, he picks a word. And his word for 2020 is “Awaken”. He feels like he’s awakening a lot of gifts that God has put inside him. He feels the burning passion to take the Gospel out so that the people far from God will be raised in a life with Christ. That’s what he wants to do and will continue to do whatever it takes.
Global Hope India: For over 20 years we have been watching God radically transform thousands of Americans & Indian Nationals through missions. We’ve taken nearly 1,000 Americans on short-term mission trips to India. We work with 12 long-term indigenous church planting partners located in North, South, East, & West mainland India as well as Northeast India. We empower the Church in India to make Christ known through leadership, child, & village development projects. Global Hope India is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Morrisville, North Carolina. All gifts are tax-deductible. More about GHI.
Meet Pastor Kevin: Pastor Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India and your host for Living the Dream Podcast. He’s a poor kid from rural North Carolina, but get this… He just returned from his 50th trip to India in 20 years. If he doesn’t yet hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the most trips to India then he’s got to be close. He’s flown over a million miles to 27 different countries. He’s taken nearly 1,000 people on mission trips to India. Global Hope India has seen thousands of Indian Nationals and Americans radically transformed by God through missions. The miracle continues! More about Pastor Kevin.