Matthew was born in Pasadena, CA, but spent the majority of his childhood in Kalispell. He was blessed to have been raised in a strong Christian home and came to know Jesus as his personal Savior as a young child. he went to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas where he received his BA with a major in psychology and a minor in religion. He later returned to UMHB where he obtained a Masters of Arts in Psychology. He studied and obtained his Montana license to practice counseling and then started a private Christian counseling practice. Pastor Matt has been on staff at Easthaven Baptist Church since September 2004.