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Since June 2008, Matthew E. McKimmy has pastored with the Richmond Church of the Brethren. We are excited to have his leadership, guidance, care, and creativity as a part of our community.
In addition to learning about Pastor Matt, you can also see what he's up to by visiting his calendar. If you've ever wondered what a pastor's schedule looks like, or if you just want to see when he'll be in his office, check it out.
Prior to the adventure of pastoring with our congregation, Matt was completing his Masters of Divinity at Bethany Theological Seminary. He graduated with distinction in Ministry Studies in May of 2008.
Originally from southwestern Virginia, near Roanoke, Matt and his wife Becky moved to Richmond in 2005 to pursue his education. Both Matt and Becky hold undergraduate degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, more commonly known as Virginia Tech. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts is in the field of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Science and Technology Studies and a minor in Religious Studies.
Matt has been a long-time participant in the Church of the Brethren, growing up and being baptiezd into the Hollins Road congregation in Roanoke, VA and later moving on to the Good Shepherd congregation in Blacksburg, VA.
Over the years he has worked with district youth ministry in the Virlina District, the Brethren Student Fellowship at Virginia Tech, and served as a minister in training at West Charleston Church of the Brethren near Dayton, OH and United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, OH. More recently Matt has been invited to return to seminary on the other side of the classrom - leading occasional sessions on areas of special interest such as technology and worship planning, and helping to co-teach an introductory preaching course.
In addition to being a pastor and practical theologian, Matt enjoys many other activities. His various interests always seem to intertwine in unexpected and creative ways.
Some of Matt's technology-related pursuits include digital photography, web site design, building computers, social networking (facebook, twitter, flickr, etc.), and blogging, when he finds the time! Matt is an avid supporter of Ubuntu Linux and other open-source software, as are our church's office and Computer Hardware Co-op.
One of Matt's favorite expressions of beauty and artistry is through culinary creativity. He loves cooking from scratch, especially with ingredients he can grow himself or buy locally. In addition to cooking for himself and Becky, Matt also prepares a simple meal (usually soup and fresh-baked bread) every Monday night that's open to anyone who wants to come.
If he's not on his computer or in the kitchen (or sometimes both!) you might find Matt in the garage, tinkering with anything he can get his hands on. Matt also enjoys bicycling, both for commuting back and forth to his office and around town and for fitness and recreation.
Lastly, Matt deeply misses the hiking and backpacking opportunities of his native Blue Ridge Mountains, but still enjoys going camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities whenever he has the chance.