Rev. Matt Peeples is passionate about connecting the disconnected, training the next generation of church planters, and preaching the gospel. Matt is the director of the Kairos Network, a church planting network dedicated to planting churches that will connect the disconnected to Jesus in New Jersey. He is also the Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Ridgewood, NJ.
Before this Matt was the Lead/Founding Pastor of The Point in Knoxville, TN. The Point was founded in a movie in the middle of a mall. The average first-time guest was 10-20 years disconnected from the church if they were every connected at all. They started the church with two simple promises, "Come as you are" and "Text in your questions."
Matt graduated from Concordia Seminary St. Louis in 2009 with his Masters of Divinity. He is the first graduate of the Mid-South’s church plant training program and is the recipient of the LCEF 2012 Fred E. Lietz Ministry Award. 2015 Key Note presenter for The Day of Homiletic Reflection at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, The guest preacher for the fall 2015 Walt Wangrin Jr Preaching series at Valparaiso University.
Matt is husband and father who is passionate about partnering with his wife Liza to raise their 3 boys.