Introducing Matt May
Introducing Matt May
North Cincinnati’s New Pastor of Assimilation & Discipleship
As most of you know, since being installed in my role as senior pastor last January the Session and I have continued to discern God’s vision for our church in this next decade and how to continue to build the best team possible to accomplish it. This past August we communicated what we believe is God’s calling for us in the next decade as reflected in the new vision and mission statements of our church.
Similarly, we announced that we would be looking to hire a new pastoral position on our staff that we have not had previously. This new pastor’s job would be to lead our church in two of the core areas of our new mission statement: connecting newcomers to the community of God’s people at our church, and establishing members in the faith through life-on-life missional discipleship. I am excited to announce that after more than six months of praying, networking, and interviewing that we believe God has provided that man. Matt May will join our staff team here in Cincinnati beginning this June after graduating from Covenant Seminary in May. Matt comes to us with more than a decade of ministry experience, and a proven heart for seeing men and women become established as followers of Christ through the process of life-on-life discipleship. Most importantly, Matt is a humble servant with a deep hunger and love for God’s Word.
Over the next few months you will occasionally see Matt, Eileen, and their family with us on Sunday mornings as they take the necessary steps to make the transition from Saint Louis to Cincinnati. As a congregation please continue to pray for the May’s as they finalize their time in Saint Louis, as Matt finalizes his studies at Covenant Seminary and they seek to relocate to Mason.
You will have ample opportunity to get to know Matt in person as he comes on board this summer, but for now I wanted Matt to give you introduction to himself through the questions and answers below.
With you for you,
1. Tell Us About Yourself and Your Family
To let you know a little about myself and my family, I am originally from Augusta, GA and have been married to my wonderful bride, Eileen, for over 8 years. Eileen was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States with her family at the age of 14. Eileen and I met while we were in college through the ministry of Campus Outreach. After college both Eileen & I went on staff with Campus Outreach, because the Lord had instilled within us a longing to see college students raised up that they might be sent out into His harvest field (Matthew 9:36-38). We were on staff at Augusta State University and at the University of South Carolina Aiken for a combined 8 years. We were staff partners for the first part of our ministry at Augusta State before getting married in November of 2007. We have three wonderful children Emma (6), Matthew (3) & Andrew (1) who each bring so much life to our family and create what we like to call “blessed chaos.” In the summer of 2013, the Lord called us to St. Louis, MO to pursue an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary. It’s hard to believe that I will be graduating in less than two months!
As a family we love spending time at the park, playing board games and wrestling around the house. Eileen loves decorating, hosting events, spending time with people and going to coffee shops. I enjoy reading, being outdoors, spending time with friends, anything sports related and eating fried chicken. Ultimately, our prayer as a family is that the Lord would be pleased to make us a blessing to those around us.
2. Why did you decide to join the team at North Cincinnati?
We decided to join the team at North Cincinnati because ultimately we believe that the Lord is calling us to this place. It is a great privilege and honor to get the opportunity to labor alongside the amazing staff team here and to grow with the people at NCCC. During the interview process, we were so encouraged by our conversations with Michael Craddock and the session and felt like this could be a place where we could see ourselves flourishing as a family and being used to make much of Christ. Also, we love the vision of NCCC and desire to be a part of “making and deploying mature and equipped followers of Christ for the sake of personal, family, community, and global transformation”
3. What excites you most about serving as the Pastor of Assimilation & Discipleship?
First and foremost, I long to see the bride of Christ built up and to see God’s people equipped for works of ministry (Ephesians 4:12-13). Second, I have a passion to teach the word of God and to see the Spirit of God cause His word to produce fruit in the lives of those who hear. Third, I love the church’s vision as I have a passion for discipleship within the church and long to see young believers not only grow in Christ (Colossians 1:28-29), but also to learn to develop and use their specific gifts to serve the church and the world around them! And I feel like this specific position along with the church’s vision is a perfect fit for how God’s designed me and the gifts and desires He’s given me. So I’m very excited about serving in this role here at NCCC and working alongside such an amazing people!