- Matt a native of North Carolina, was born in Elkin and grew up in Salisbury. He graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in Business and Spanish. Matt spent several years working in a Computer Network and Internet company. He later graduated from Campbell University Divinity School with Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degrees. Matt has served in numerous churches as a pastor and associate pastor ministering with students, missions, and sports ministry. He also served with his family as missionaries for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Together for Hope Network working in rural poverty. Matt enjoys spending time with his family, wife Melanie, and two sons, Aidan and Owen, hiking, camping, and running. He enjoys coaching rec ball for his sons, playing golf, and some good ole pickin' and grinnin' of the guitar (Matt claims he does more grinnin' than pickin').