Matt was born in London, England to American parents, and found himself in Houston, Louisiana, and Scotland before making his way to Trinity University in San Antonio (M.A. ’07). Along the way, he met Haley in the sandbox in Houston at age 6, and she would later become his wife. Matt and Haley were married in February 2008, and Matt joined Redeemer Presbyterian Church as a Youth Intern. Three years later he started taking classes at Redeemer Seminary in Austin (M.Div. ‘16), and was ordained and installed in February 2016. Haley and Matt welcomed their daughter, Elliotte Suzanne in 2014 and son Graham David in 2018, and are so thankful to be surrounded with such a wonderful church family at Redeemer.
Matt loves Youth Ministry, because it was through a Youth group that he became a Christian, and wants to extend the love of Christ to his students and their friends so that God is glorified. Matt believes that Youth ministry is deeply important because our students are growing up very quickly, and they are in need of a guide versed in the Word of God to help them navigate the difficult waters of adolescence. On his day off, you’ll find him on the golf course, and he still finds a way to lace up his soccer cleats and relive his glory days on the field, ruing the day his Trinity Tigers lost in Penalty Kicks in the National Championship Final.
Julie was born and raised in the Peoria area and has attended Grace all of her life. Grace is where she accepted Christ, met her husband, got married, baptized her children, and even married off her daughter. Julie became the VBS Director in 2007 and the KIDventure Coordinator in 2015. She has also been a teacher in Kidz Klub since 2001 and was the Interim Director of Children’s Ministry in Fall 2008 to Spring 2009.
Julie attended Covenant College where she received her Teaching Certificate in 1992. She married her high school sweetheart, Stephen, and they have 3 children: Kara (and Philip), Timothy, and Jonathan.
While she accepted Christ as her personal Savior at age 6 in Sunday school at Grace, it wasn’t until Summer Camp her sophomore year that Julie felt God calling her for more of her life. There, she rededicated her life to Christ and has been striving to live fully for Him ever since.
Julie has been a part of Children’s Ministry her entire life, first as a child and then as a teacher. She loves children and longs for every child to know Jesus personally. The best sound to her ears is when a child is singing or talking about Jesus.
Stephen Estock has a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. When he’s not coordinating the ministry of CDM, he loves to do yard work and DIY projects around the house.
Steve Hood came to know the Lord as a student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He has a Masters in Religious Education from Birmingham Theological Seminary. Steve has served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Faith Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama since 2006. Before that, he served at Briarwood Presbyterian Church for 7 years. Steve has been married to Gwen, his life and ministry partner for more than 26 years and they are parents to Katie, Anna, and Daniel.
Drew is Pastor of Student Families at Village Seven Church, Colorado Springs, CO with over 20 years of youth ministry experience. Drew is a regular conference speaker, a certified youth ministry coach (PACT), a member of the Gathering, and serves on the youth ministry sub-committee for the Presbyterian Church in America. Prior to Village Seven, Drew served as Youth Pastor at Old Cutler Church, Miami, FL
Jeff Summers is the pastor of Student Families at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, GA. He is passionate for students to enter into a life-changing encounter with the person of Christ and to grow into full maturity in their faith. He also enjoys coming alongside parents and assisting them in navigating the pitfalls of today’s culture so that they can successfully launch their children into adulthood. He and his wife, Cami, have been partnering in ministry for 27 years. They have 4 children: Tirzah (21), Jace (18), Lexi (14), & Zane (12). He loves Jesus, family game night, SEC football, Mexican food, and strong coffee.
Paul joined Grace’s staff in April 2018, having served in churches of all sizes—small, medium, large, and megachurch—in regions as diverse as Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, and Montana. His church roles have taken him to international settings in Russia, Vietnam, and China. After graduating with a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, he later focused upon executive church leadership in his doctoral degree.
Paul has been an Executive Pastor for almost two decades, having been involved in national associations for executive church leaders since 2002. He genuinely adores the multi-faceted role. He has a zeal for missional engagement, coaching leaders, strategic planning, and consulting with churches to bring about health and growth in creative and enthusiastic ways. His personal passion is for “healthy leaders, healthy teams, healthy churches, and healthy impact for Christ.”
Paul and his wife, Brenda, have been married since August 1981. They enjoy life-long learning and outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and sitting under the stars with friends. Their daughter and son-in-law live in Jackson, Mississippi.
One of the Bible’s promises remains powerful and stimulating for Paul’s ministry. He has found that Christian leaders need the constant reminder, “For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you” (2 Corinthians 1:12).
Chris is from Lancaster, PA and settled in Wisconsin 31 years ago, after seminary (Columbia Graduate School, now CIU) to pursue a Ph.D. at Marquette University. While a graduate student, he assisted with a church plant on Milwaukee’s eastside, and then took a small core group to plant a church in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee in 1992. Through the years Chris has been actively involved in church planting and credentialing in Northern Illinois Presbytery and, since 2005 in the Wisconsin Presbytery. He is now the chair of the Pastoral Development Committee for the Presbytery. Chris served as the planter and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Waukesha (later moved to Delafield, WI) for 26 years. In 2017 Chris became the Director of the On Wisconsin Network and then in 2018 he transitioned from the senior pastor role to become the Director of NXTGEN Pastors, a new work that provides presbyteries and networks the mechanism to create mentored cohorts to be trained in the soft skills necessary for pastoral health. Chris also serves Mission to North America as the Director of Ecosystem Development. Chris and Janet have been married 36 years, have three children: Jenny is married to Sam Brown, (Assistant Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, TN) and they have three wonderful sons, John works in Milwaukee for PBS, and Michael (married to Emma) is an RTS-O hybrid student in the On Wisconsin program, and has been called to be the interim pastor at Harvest Community Mission in Madison, WI.
Martin serves as the Executive Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. A native of Tuscaloosa, AL he is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Beeson Divinity School. He is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangel Presbytery where and also serves as stated clerk. He and his wife Hallie have three young sons.