Ministry Area: As Director of the Religious Nurture Center, I serve the spiritual needs of persons with developmental disabilities.

Brief Bio: Thanks to a college volunteer opportunity with Habitat for Humanity; I experienced early on, the satisfaction of helping others. From then on, I’ve been committed to the pursuits of social justice, quality of life and the development of the full potential of each individual in society. My professional focuses have included; research, clinical practice, care management, outreach / residential programs, grant writing, legislative action committee work and non-profit administration. Working alongside vulnerable groups of society as a case worker, promise fellow, program director, program manager and private consultant – I have learned that they bring unique gifts to our communities. We should promote the full inclusion, participation and contribution of all persons.

Family: Bleessed with a loving family.

Interests: As an Oregon native, I enjoy the outdoors, fishing and swimming.

Favorite Movies and Music: A couple of my favorite movies are “Hoosiers” and “Field of Dreams”. I really enjoy the variety of Satellite radio.

A book that has shaped my life: “A River Runs Through It and Other Stories” by Norman Maclean.

A Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: ”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

(316)267-6244 ext. 108

matts@firstwichita.org