In every aspect of Connection Church Sturgis, we exist to see Jesus Christ exalted, to teach the Scriptures and push out the Gospel of Jesus Christ into our community. We are a local N/T church with a passion for obedience to God's Word, to love others in the manner in which Christ loves us, and see dead hearts come alive in Christ Jesus. We believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of God's Word and that Jesus Christ is the one Way, Truth, and Life for salvation. Further, we are a church body who is dedicated to Biblical discipleship and equipping believers to be salt and light in their homes, the local church, and communities they serve and live in.
Sunday mornings consist of Scripture focused-bible studies, which begin at 8:45am and are co-ed. Our Sunday service, which begins at 10:00am, consists of both traditional and contemporary (theologically sound) music. Our preaching is a verse by verse look at the Bible (expository), which allows us to better understand the context and truth of God's Word for biblical application.
Our children's ministry begins just prior to service time (9:45) and is led by vetted and dedicated volunteer group of men and women within our church body. Children have their own worship time, then learn about Jesus Christ using "The Gospel Project."
Matt and his wife Missy were married in September of 2007 and are from the Lilburn/Stone Mountain, GA area, which is a suburb of Atlanta. Their daughter Savannah is a freshman at Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD) and their son Judson (JP) is a freshman in high school.
Their family moved to Rapid City, SD in May of 2018, after experiencing God's call on their lives to the Black Hills. For the past three and a half years, their family served at Mercy Gate Church, in Rapid City, SD. Matt served as the youth/associate pastor. Missy worked with the youth and taught American Sign Language at a local Christian School as well.
In November of 2021, Matt was voted in as Connection Church Sturgis' Lead Pastor. He and is family are committed to serve and do life with those God has entrusted to them and to serve the local community as well. They have a deep passion for local community outreach and look forward to seeing how God grows their family and the church body at Connection Church Sturgis.