Matthew Roberts

Matthew Roberts

Associate Pastor for Youth and Children

Work Experience

Work History
Aug 2011 - Present

Associate Pastor for Youth and Children

First Baptist Church Marion
  • Coordinated a program of Christian education for students from birth through college while engaging the congregation to partner as teachers, leaders, and supporters and incorporating students into the life of the church.
  • Developed and taught four years of youth curriculum for Sunday and Wednesday nights that connects scripture, Christian theology and tradition with media, culture and the interests of the group.
  • Intentionally formed growing relationships with students and provided relational stability in the program.  These relationships were the basis for teaching, counseling, and leadership training.
  • Worked in the community with other churches, the school system, and organizations involving community worship, missions, summer feeding programs, education and crisis response.
  • Led the church in writing and implementing a safety policy for youth and children's ministries.
  • Planned and led mission trips, international and national, for youth and college students, including collaboration with First Baptist's ongoing relationship with Baptists in Belize.  Managed extensive fundraising efforts to support trips.
  • Hosted, organized, and led all other student programming including Vacation Bible School, seasonal retreats, fellowship activities, rites of passage events, and various trips.
  • Supervised summer ministry interns.
  • Assisted in general pastoral duties including worship leadership and preaching, congregational care and visitation, committee leadership and church communications.
Oct 2008 - Jun 2011

Youth Minister

Colonial Place Christian Church
  • Developed, wrote, and taught three years of high school Sunday School curriculum.
  • Established deep, sharing relationships with youth in the program including group mentoring.
  • Led monthly activities with youth and children including missions activities, KidsKamp, and fellowship activities.
  • Supervised fundraising efforts for yearly Summer Mission Trip.
  • Assisted in worship leadership including preaching.
  • Worked with local churches to arrange joint youth activities including weekend retreats.
2007 - 2008

Intern for Youth and Children's Ministries

Main Street Baptist Church
  • Worked a 10-week period each summer, 40 hours a week, and was in charge of the youth and children’s programs.
  • Led a weekly children’s program centered on classic biblical stories.
  • Organized youth activities including Bible Studies, lock-ins, Youth Sundays, mission trips, and other trips and retreats.
  • Initiated and led contemporary Worship Services.
2004 - 2007

Kennel Assistant

Animal Hospital of Emporia
  • Assisted in all phases of veterinary hospital operation.

Education

Education
Sep 2008 - May 2011

Master of Divinity

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Teaching Assistant to Dr. Phyllis Rodgerson-Pleasants for two years: conducted background research, acted as a resource for students as they completed major projects, managed media and BlackBoard components for class and professor's presentations.

Nov 2001 - Jun 2005

Honors Diploma

Greensville County High School

Graduated Valedictorian, Attended Regional Governor's School Program

Extracurricular Activities

  • CBFNC Faith Formation Ministry Council - 2015 to present
  • CBF Fellows Cohort - 2012 to 2014
  • CBF Peer Learning Group Convener - 2012 to present
  • McDowell Ministries Executive Board - 2015 to present
  • Good Samaritan Clinic Executive Board - 2014
  • BTSR Student Government - Associate Moderator, Chapel Representative
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Scholar and Scholarship Recipient - three years
  • Member of Intervarsity Praise Team – Old Dominion University

Biographical Information

I am newly married (April 2015) to Emily.  Emily has a Master of Public Heath degree from East Carolina University and works for MANNA FoodBank in Asheville.  We have two dogs, Aggie and Dakota.

My personal interests include playing electric and acoustic guitar, fly fishing, sports, and photography.

License and Ordination

Certifications
Aug 2007 - Present

License to Ministry

Main Street Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia
Apr 2012 - Present

Ordination to Ministry

First Baptist Church of Marion, North Carolina