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 completed his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN). He is currently pursing a PhD in Biblical Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO). He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and serves as a staff counselor with Biblical Counseling Center. 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). Most of all, Matt loves helping people grow and change into Christ’s image through his ministry at Living Hope through biblical counseling, preaching, writing, and evangelizing. He enjoys supporting the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band, and serving on the boards of Bible Visuals International, and Mecca to Christ International. Matt also writes various biblical commentaries, Bible studies and Christian biographies for 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 26 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!"
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes, Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray, Instruments in the Redeemers Hand by Paul Tripp
On the Radio
Matt was on the the radio program"In the Market with Janet Parshall" in March 2020 with Mecca to Christ International. You might hear Matt's music on the radio throughout the country on WVCY. You can also listen to his music recordings on YouTube Music.
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.