Pastor Matthew Brown
Matt's passion is to see people captured by the love of Christ as set forth in the Gospel and for them to embrace the freedom and live in the joy of the Lordship of Christ to the glory of God.
Matt was born in Wixom, Michigan but grew up primarily in Northwest Tampa where he played baseball and soccer and had a passion for sports of all kinds. Matt married his lovely wife, Lori, in July of 2004, they have a daughter, Addison, who was born in December of 2011 and a son Nehemiah, born February of 2015. Matt continues to enjoy playing sports and games of all kinds; he loves movies and enjoys the outdoors.
Matt attended college for a year and a half at the University of Tampa where he played baseball before transferring to the University of South Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education in 2004. He taught Physical Education at Perkins Elementary School for two years before being called into youth ministry full time. Matt has received his Masters of Divinity (MDiv) at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
In 2006, God called him and his wife into full time youth ministry at Church by the Sea in Madeira Beach, FL. It was Matt and Lori’s great joy and privilege to love and serve the youth and this church for seven and half wonderful years. In February of 2013, God called Matt and his family to Tradewinds Church where he served as pastoral associate and was ordained as a Ruling Elder. While here, God continued to affirm Matt's calling to plant a Church and on August 3, 2014 Adoration Church met corporately for the very first time.
Favorite Verse: Psalm 73: 25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Favorite Band: Hillsong United
Favorite Sport: Baseball...There really is no other correct answer
Favorite Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Meal: Bacon wrapped with filet mignon