Matt was born and raised by missionary parents in Japan. He received his M.Div. degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2008. He has 11 years of teaching and preaching experience in various inner-city ministries in South Philadelphia, PA including deacon, youth leader, and Sunday School superintendent. Annette is a family nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience in Hispanic inner-city settings, including some time in Central America. Both did a year of missionary internship in Japan from 2008 to 2009. Matt and Annette have five children: Karissa, Ethan, Paul, Noah, and John.
Matt and Annette have served in Japan since 2013. In 2016, they began church planting in Sendai, Japan, the site of the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami. Matt grew up in Sendai and his parents ministered there for 30 years, giving them history and relationships in this city of 1.2 million. They run a ministry center called the Joy Center on the first floor of their large home. Here they host English classes, children's events, a cooking class, seasonal and special events, and various Bible studies. A single missionary assists them. Please pray with them for people from their Bible studies to come to faith and for a community of faith to be born.
- For God's blessing on our various outreaches and ministries
- For those studying the Bible with us to believe in Jesus
- For more teammates
- Spiritual protection and blessing on our five children