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, and serving on the boards of Bible Visuals International, Mecca to Christ International, and Proclaim Publishers. He appreciates 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 23 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!"
9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp, Cherish by Gary Thomas, Hosea Commentary by Jeremiah Burroughs, Holiness by J.C. Ryle
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.