About Pastor Matthew Dent

I'm a life-long Lutheran who, prior to formal preparation for the ministry, learned most of my theology from good preaching, solid hymnody, and the consistent pattern of sound words found in the church's liturgy in a small church in Western, NY. A "first generation" pastor in my family, I took the "long route" to seminary, working in startups and small companies in the technology and internet sector for 10 years before completing my Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University, Ann Arbor in December of 2004 and continuing my studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, graduating with my M.Div. in 2008. I completed additional residential studies toward an S.T.M. at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and was ordained and first installed in July, 2009. Since January 2014, I have been serving Jesus' Church as pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Standish, Michigan where I live with my wonderful wife, Kelli, and my two kids, Jonathan and Natalie.

Jesus’ Church Doesn’t “Suck.” Period.

An author on another blog wrote, “Your church doesn’t suck because it’s small.” And he’s right!

But, large or small, your church might still suck. Sorry, but it had to be said.

The fact is, if you have built your church; if your church is the product of your own blood, sweat, and tears; if you have poured out your life to make your church what it is; I’m going to go so far as to say, your “church” does suck.

And it sucks, because it’s “yours.”

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