Founder, Lead Pastor
The Genesis Project
Matt is the Founder and Lead Pastor of The Genesis Project, a local church and national church planting movement based in Ogden, Utah that has experienced tremendous local and multi-site growth since it’s launch nearly 10 years ago.
Matt began his ministry as a Youth Pastor in the inner cities of Tampa Florida, Portland Oregon and Denver Colorado. During this time he traveled extensively as a national speaker and advocate for students in some of the most challenging places in our nation. After nearly a decade of Youth Ministry, Matt and his family moved to Utah to pursue a lifelong dream of planting a “church for people who don’t do church”.
That dream has materialized as The Genesis Project, a church moved to reach the darkest areas of the city with the hope of Jesus. The Genesis Project has grown from a small group meeting in an local coffee shop, to a multi-site movement in 6 communities across the nation reaching thousands every week. Every Genesis Project church is connected by a passion to love the most broken and disenfranchised within the local community. This is accomplished through an active, relational model that marries an embedded church with practical community engagement and a sustainable business model.
The headquarters for this model of ministry is in Ogden, Utah where The Genesis Project finds it’s home on the Hub 801 campus. When not in use for church services and events, Hub 801 operates as a full-service event center, a community coffee shop, a daycare center that serves as a children’s ministry and outreach facility, a local youth center, multiple ministry and rehabilitation homes and non-profit community services. Through the merger of diversified business and ministry, the Hub 801 campus has become a model for planting financially sustainable churches within communities plagued by poverty and religious apathy.
Over the last decade Matt has served in various roles and positions helping churches and denominations revitalize and re-imagine their church planting strategies through an embedded, sustainable, community lens. His passion is found within the hope and excitement he has for the potential of the local church in the 21st century.
Join Matt at his session, Financial Sustainability – 10 Concepts to Implement into New Designs and Existing Ministries.