Matt has been a believer in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for many years and has been on the Torah-Pursuant path since 2007. He has a unique background that links in particular aspects to his studies and teachings. He quickly connected with well-known Messianic teachers early in his walk who poured into his spiritual growth and development as a teacher. Matt loves to draw on historical records and 1st Century context in search of a deeper aspect of the Biblical narrative, especially in reference to the Messiah. He is co-pastor of his local Congregation, Beit Shalom Messianic Congregation, and he also travels and speaks often. Matt graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a degree in Social Sciences. He then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Old Testament Studies from Amridge University, and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the same university. He serves as an active-duty servicemember with over 20 years of service. He married his wife Malissa in 2008, and they have three beautiful girls (Moriyah, Mayah, and Mikaylah) and two handsome boys (Malachi and Michael).