Dr. Matt Shackelford
Senior Pastor, Elder
Pastor Matt grew up in the church and was saved early in life only by God’s grace (Ephesiana 2:1-10). It was his father who led him to understand sin’s penalty and Christ’s payment while sitting on the back porch one starry night. In the years following salvation, the Lord was faithful to open many doors for ministry, both locally and internationally, from inner city church planting to pastor training in Africa.Through nearly two decades of church life and ministry experiences, Pastor Matt ultimately felt a call to a preaching and teaching ministry. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min), Pastor Matt came to Grace Bible Church. His ministry emphasis at Grace is pastoral care, leadership, and the clear and careful expositional preaching of God’s Word.
Matt’s purpose in life is “… to spread a passion for the glory of God to all people in every place. The chief end of man and most noble goal of all creation is the magnification of God’s glory. The most passionate heart for the magnification of God’s glory is God’s heart. Therefore, because it is God’s ultimate goal to exalt and glorify Himself, this is my goal and my joy. In my preaching and in my practice I hope to proclaim that Jesus Christ is the greatest treasure and greatest pleasure in all of life!”