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March 20th, 2014

Get to Know Your Minister: Matthew Page

Name: Matthew Page
Title:The Church at Avenue South Discipleship/Missions Minister

PERSONAL
Where are you from originally?
Jackson, Tennessee

Where were you educated?
Union University
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

How did Jesus change your life?
I was born and raised in a Christian home and attended church every time the doors were open, but didn't come to faith in Christ until I was 10 years old. I was lying in bed, listening to an "Adventure's in Odyssey" tape, when I felt the need to get up and seek out my mom and dad to ask them questions. I went to my parent's bedroom and began to ask my mom several questions. I specifically remember saying, "How do you become a Christian? I want to know more."

My mom picked up the phone and called my dad, who was on business in Mississippi. He began to answer my questions while also reading through several passages of Scripture and sharing the gospel. He told me that in order to follow Christ I had to deny myself and surrender all to Him. After talking with my dad for about an hour, I made the decision that night to follow Christ. And I was later baptized.

What's your wife's name?
Heather

Do you have kids?
Yes. We have one son named Hudson.

MINISTRY
What's your philosophy or heartbeat for ministry?
Matthew 28:19 says, "Go and make disciples..." I'm passionate about not only engaging others with the gospel but also leading, equipping, and discipling others to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Where did you serve before Brentwood Baptist?
Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee.

What's your role here?
I'm the Discipleship/Missions Minister at The Church at Avenue South. I oversee and lead all adult LIFE Groups and local/global missions opportunities, projects, and journeys.

What's your vision for Brentwood Baptist?
That we'd be a church that's passionate about sharing the gospel with others so they'd: 1) come to know Christ in a real, personal way; 2) connect with a community of believers where they can be discipled; and 3) go out and exemplify Christ where they live, work, and play.

What's one cool God-story from your time here?
As a former children's minister for five years, I've had the opportunity of meeting and counseling with many families at Brentwood Baptist. However, one sticks out the most. Last year, during one particular meeting with a 9-year-old girl, she indicated to me that was ready to be baptized—and she wanted to be baptized with her grandfather. After asking her several questions about baptism and salvation to make sure she understood their significance, she explained why she wanted to be baptized with her grandfather.

During VBS last year, she was encouraged to write a letter sharing the gospel with someone she knew who was not a believer, so she wrote a letter to her 74-year-old grandfather. When her grandfather read the letter, he broke down in tears and called his brother, who was a minister and lived in another city, to come over. His brother read the letter and walked him through the gospel, to which he responded.

I later met with her grandfather and he told me he'd been to church his whole life, but no one had taken the time to share the gospel with him personally outside of his granddaughter. I had the pleasure of baptizing them both on Father's Day at Brentwood Baptist. After hearing his story, our congregation stood up and applauded. It was a very powerful moment and reminded me that our job is to share the gospel with those around us—no matter our training—because the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest.

JUST FOR FUN
Who's your favorite person in the Bible?
I can most identify with Peter. He was an ordinary man whom God called to ministry in spite of his flaws and shortcomings. I love his passion, boldness, and willingness to proclaim the gospel no matter the circumstance or setting he was in.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to be outdoors. I love playing golf, playing softball, workout out, running, and spending time with my family.

What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I suffer from OCD. I like things to be neat, clean, and organized. For example, the clothes in my closet are color-coordinated and organized according to designer.
2. I met my wife on a blind date through a mutual friend.
3. I've had at least 9 near-death experiences in my life—the first one being at age 7.

What are three words that describe you?
1. Passionate
2. Adventurous
3. Sport fanatic