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MATT CHANDLER is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex having grown from 160 people to over 11,000. Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. He is currently the President of the Acts 29 Network, which he helped start with Mark Driscoll and Darrin Patrick, and this network has grown into a massive gathering of churches planting churches.
Matt was born near Seattle and, due to growing up with a father in the military, moved several times before settling in the Houston area. He attended church during his childhood and adolescence, but did not truly know and follow Jesus until he turned 17. Before going to college, Matt served as a youth pastor of a small church near Houston. From there he went to Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he received a bachelor's degree in Bible. While at Hardin-Simmons, he became the teacher of an inter-denominational Bible study for college students called Grace. He was also on staff at Beltway Park Church.
Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people across America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. Then in 2002, he became pastor of First Baptist Church of Highland Village, now known as The Village Church.
Today Matt’s sermons are regularly one of the top ten Christian podcasts on iTunes, and he speaks at conferences worldwide such as The Gospel Coalition, Exponential, Liberate, Catalyst and many others. His first book, The Explicit Gospel (March 2012, Crossway), has sold over 135,000 copies since its release in March 2012. He has also published Creature of the Word (October 2012, B&H) and To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain (October 2013, David C Cook)
His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah.