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Matthew grew up in Wigan in Lancashire. He obtained a Maths degree in 2002 from Queen Mary college, London, then served as a youth worker and assistant minister in churches in the USA for seven years. In 2008 Matthew studied at London Theological Seminary before being ordained into the ministry and the pastorate in Bury St Edmunds Presbyterian Church in 2010. Matthew is married to Kristen and they have three children, Wesley, Elizabeth and Theo.
A significant part of what it means to be a Presbyterian church is to be led by a group of elders called a ‘session'. Indeed, the word 'presbyterian' comes from the Greek word used in the Bible for 'elder'. This group of elders is responsible to ensure there is accountability and shared responsibility for the care of the church. Some of these elders have the added responsibility of being the primary teachers of the congregation and they are often called minsters.