Matt has been serving St. Andrew’s Memorial Anglican Church in Kitchener since December 2016, and has learned much during this time of growth and evolution at St. Andrew’s, and in the neighbourhood surrounding it. He pursued theological education at Trinity College in Toronto, graduating with a Master of Divinity (Honours), and writing the thesis “William Stringfellow’s Vision for an Incarnational, Confrontational, and Political Church.” Prior to this he received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies from Renison University College/University of Waterloo.
Between these two degrees he thoroughly enjoyed feeding his passion for pop culture by managing a retail store that specialized in music, movies, and video games.
Beyond his liturgical, pastoral, and community-building responsibilities at St. Andrew’s, Matt is involved with the Diocese of Huron's Congregational Coaches, diocesan Stewardship Committee, Renison University College’s Board of Governors, and the Corporation and Divinity Associates Executive of Trinity College, as well as co-facilitating the Renison Institute of Ministry Drop-In Book Club. He presides at a monthly Eucharist at the Grand Valley Institution for Women, and has served on Grand River Hospital’s on-call chaplaincy team. In parish ministry, Matt is particularly energized by connecting and working with other community stakeholders, and planning and leading liturgy that is engaging and accessible, but still reverent and solemn.
In his spare time, Matt relaxes with movies (usually culty B-movies, or something harrowing from the likes of Herzog, Lynch, or Cronenberg), music (punk, post-punk, and metal most of the time, though Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Nina Simone feature prominently in his collection), and books (usually old or new Lovecraftian “weird fiction”). If none of those specifics ring a bell, the main takeaway is that Matt’s tastes are eccentric, to put it lightly. He balances these raucous interests with his valuing of the contemplative tradition. He is an Associate of The Order of the Holy Cross, an Anglican monastic order that has a house in Toronto.
Matt is married to Leslie, and they love their mischievous calico cat, Alice.