Staff Member since 2016
Campus Discipleship Coordinator, Starkville, MS
Married to Crystal; father of Anna Jaymes, Adolyn, Cole, Lucy, Libby, and Catelyn. B.S. in Business Administration (Mississippi State University)
Getting to Know Matt
Q: When/how did you become involved with Lightbearers?
A: I first heard about Lightbearers at a friends wedding in 2012 and it sounded very similar to the vision and philosophy of ministry we have and were already doing at Mississippi State, so I was really interested in learning more about it. About a year later, Kevin Wasemiller, who I worked with in K-Life and who now works for Lightbearers called me and asked if I had heard of Lightbearers and told me they were looking to start a chapter in Starkville. That begin a conversation with our family and Lightbearers staff about being a part of what they were doing in Starkville. Due to some other ministry commitments at the time we initially said “no” to coming on staff, but two years later in November 2015 we had less commitments and picked the conversation back up with Lightbearers staff and that led to us joining the Lightbearers team in February 2016.
Q: What excites you about the Lightbearers vision?
A: The two thing that excite me the most are the students living in community, where they are learning and growing together and can challenge, encourage, and hold each other accountable to be more like Christ. Also helping the students see that they need to be committed to a local church and to helping the church see the responsibility they have to develop and equip their members through life on life discipleship.
Q: Other than Jesus, what Bible character would you want to have lunch with?
A: I would like to have lunch with Paul. There are several practical and theological questions I’d like to ask him as well as getting his thoughts on the church in America vs the church in the first century. And of course to just hear some of his stories and thank him for the work he did for God’s kingdom!
Q: Other than Bible characters, what three people, living or dead, would you want to have lunch with?
A: My Grandfather who I’ve never met, George Washington, and Richard Foster
Q: What does a fun, relaxing day look like for you?
A: I would get up early in morning to read, pray, and have some time with my wife Crystal while all our kids slept until around 9:00am. They would wake up and all come to the table with thankful, humble hearts in joyful obedience with no whining or complaining and continue to act like that throughout the day. We would eat breakfast and then go to do something outside together as a family and have a picnic lunch. Then I would spend a few hours in the afternoon with a couple friends hunting or fishing, before coming home and having dinner. Or alone on a beach in the Bahamas with my ENO and a good book sounds nice too!