This is a blog about life, Christianity, spiritual leadership, discipleship and culture. Renovate is a word that captures my life and mission. When Jesus came into the world, He announced a message that was all about total renovation of our lives, communities, and world. He invited us into that mission of renovation.


I am married to Kelly, the father of three sons, a disciple of Jesus, a pastor, a musician and a hiker.

Currently, I serve as the Senior Pastor at Eastbrook Church (Milwaukee, WI). Before that, I was the Associate Pastor at Brooklife Church (Mukwonago, WI) and the Pastor of Collegiate Ministries at Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI). I graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Northern Theological Seminary and a Bachelors in English and Christian Education from Wheaton College (IL).

I have been privileged to preach at a number of churches, chapels, and conferences, and am currently open to invitations to speak. You can watch or listen to many of those messages here.

Alongside of this blog, I write for other publications, such as Christianity TodayPreaching TodayThe Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ)Relevant Magazine, and was a regular contributor to the now inactive Gospel Life blog. You can read a more detailed list of my writing projects here.

Churches where Matt has worked:

  • Eastbrook Church – an urban multi-ethnic church in Milwaukee, WI, where I currently serve as Senior Pastor (2010-present)
  • Brooklife Church – a church I helped to plant and served as Associate Pastor (2008-2010)
  • Elmbrook Church – where I served for five years as Pastor of Collegiate Ministries, working with an urban, multi-campus ministry in Milwaukee called The Ave (2003-2008)
  • Church of the Great Shepherd – a church plant where I was on staff immediately after college and during seminary, serving initially as a worship leader, and then successively as Music Director and College Ministry Director (1997-2003)



Occasionally there will be posts on this site linking books, movies, items, or other things I enjoy. If you use a link from Renovate to purchase something I recommend, it earns me a small commission. Think of it this way: I love a book and recommend it, you click on my link and purchase it, a commission from that sale goes to my account from Amazon, which enables me to continue the work I do here. So thank you!

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