Matt Smethurst

Elder

God saved Matt at a young age through the faithful witness of his parents. Years later at James Madison University in Virginia, God used the ministry of Cru to instill in him a passion for evangelism and discipleship. Upon graduating Matt moved to East Asia, where he served as a missionary for two years. It was there that he sensed a desire to preach and pursue pastoral ministry. After returning to the States he participated in a pastoral internship in Washington, D.C., before moving to Louisville to attend Southern Seminary (from which he graduated in 2012). Matt and his beautiful wife, Maghan, are the parents of three kids and have belonged to Third Avenue for almost 10 years. As an elder, Matt desires for our church to be a launching pad for the spread of gospel grace around the world. Matt serves as managing editor of The Gospel Coalition.