Matthew Black

Matt is originally from Oak Forest, Illinois though he spent much of his growing up years in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He studied theology and Spanish for his undergrad and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN). He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He has been a foreign missionary in the Madrid and Basque regions of Spain, assisting in the establishment of a church and Christian Camp and enjoys Living Hope’s Spanish ministry (Iglesia Esperanza Viva). Most of all, Matt loves helping people grow and change into Christ’s image through his ministry at Living Hope through biblical counseling, preaching, writing, and evangelizing. He enjoys supporting the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band, and serving on the boards of Bible Visuals International, and Mecca to Christ International. Matt also writes various biblical commentaries, Bible studies and Christian biographies for Proclaim Publishers. He appreciates participating in the Chicagoland Gospel Network. Matt’s vision is to see a true Antioch church model established at Living Hope – a church that is multi-cultural and multi-generational – a church that truly reflects heaven, and a church that equips and sends God’s servants locally and to the uttermost parts of the earth. Matt has been married to his loving wife Jill for 25 years, and they have three girls and two boys, residing in Elgin, Illinois.

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