Matt is originally from Oak Forest, Illinois though he spent much of his growing up years in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He studied theology and Spanish for his undergrad and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN). He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He has been a foreign missionary in the Madrid and Basque regions of Spain, assisting in the establishment of a church and Christian Camp and enjoys Living Hope’s Spanish ministry (Iglesia Esperanza Viva). He enjoys supporting the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band, serving on the board of Bible Visuals International, and participating in the Chicagoland Gospel Network. Matt’s vision is to see a true Antioch church model established at Living Hope – a church that is multi-cultural and multi-generational – a church that truly reflects heaven, and a church that equips and sends God’s servants locally and to the uttermost parts of the earth. Matt has been married to his loving wife Jill for 21 years, and they have three girls and two boys, residing in Elgin, Illinois.
Pastor Matthew Black
Fun Facts About Matt
Israel, Mexico, France, England, Spain, Brazil, Canada
Languages That Matt can speak or read
English, Spanish, Greek
Favorite Bible passage
2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passing away; Behold the new creation has come!"
Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen, A New Testament Biblical Theology by GK Beale, 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy, Systematic Theology by John Frame
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.