Matt began his ministry as Senior Pastor of Augusta Road Baptist Church on January 6, 2014. He is originally from Aiken, SC and spent much of his youth in Atlanta, GA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity degree from the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from McAfee. Before coming to Augusta Road Baptist Church, Matt served with Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, and Parkway Baptist Church in Duluth, GA. Matt met his wife, Lelia, while attending the University of Georgia. They have a Weimaraner named Murphy and a beautiful daughter named Hattie. Matt and Lelia live in the Augusta Road community.