As a pastor’s son in a rural church, Matt grew up running sound, fixing gear, making the bulletin, helping lead worship… whatever was needed to make Sundays happen. He was called to ministry at an early age, and has been leading weekly services for more than 20 years. Matt has served Vineyard Church in Maryville TN for 11 years.
During that time, Matt has built and scaled systems to facilitate worship at every stage from church plant to large multisite congregation. His experience includes developing young worship leaders, multiplying teams, cultivating a songwriting community, church building projects, sound system design & installation, guiding the transition to a multisite ministry model, and helping launch the church’s second & third locations.
Matt understands bootstrapping, shoestring budgets, strategic thinking, and creative problem solving. Whether technology, music theory, or theology, he enjoys passing on practical knowledge to other worship leaders and celebrating their success.
In addition to worship leading, Matt’s communications skills include branding, marketing strategy, logo design, web development, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, direct mail marketing, graphic design, exterior and interior signage, art direction, ebook and paper bound publishing, video production, email newsletters, sms marketing, preaching and teaching, sermon writing and collaboration, and curriculum development.
Pastor Aaron McCarter says, “Matt might be the most resourceful person I’ve ever known… and one of the most avid learners as well. His persistence and faithfulness have blessed our church and many young worship leaders.”
Matt studied worship arts and youth ministry at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. He and his wife Teri live in Maryville TN with their daughter Tatum and son Mac.