Steve Matson

Lead Pastor


Loves & Passions

I love being a husband and dad and now a grandfather (twice). I love new adventures, discovering new places, and new experiences.

Life changing moment
Clearly hearing God’s call to ministry within a year of coming to faith (I was already married with a baby on the way at the time). Then leaving
my job in engineering at Caterpillar Tractor Company to pursue education for ministry.

Favorite Bible story
The story of Jonathan and his armor-bearer in I Samuel 14 is my favorite Bible story. I find it to be incredibly inspiring. I also love Isaiah 46:8-10. The sovereignty of God is of great comfort and joy to me.

What I want my legacy to be
I want my wife to say of me that I was a faithful and loving husband. I want my children to say of me that I loved them with faithful firmness and gentleness that directed them toward God. I want my grandchildren to say that they saw in me a man who had run the Christian life with passion and perseverance. I want my church to say that I faithfully preached the word and pursued developing a church that would be marked by the Great Commission and the Great Commandments.

Person who had a significant impact on my life
Sammy Tippit, who God used to bring me to faith. Also, Dan DeHaan who inspired me and directed me to Columbia Bible College. My wife, who is my best friend and constant source of encouragement. A host of men and women that God used to mature, challenge, and mold me in so many ways.

People would be surprised to know that…
I have owned (and driven) about 6 motorcycles. I am pretty much an open book. What you see is what you get. My heart is worn consistently on my sleeve, and I have no “poker face”. My two dreams would be to sit in the Cubs dugout for a game at Wrigley (and to throw out the first pitch) and to drive a yellow convertible.

Family
I’ve been married to Kyle since August 24, 1974. We have four children – Sarah (married to my wonderful son-in- law, Chad), Cody, Austin and Peter and two grandchildren – Brandon and Tyler.

Favorite Sports Team & Music Style
I am a Cubs and Bears fan, having grown up in Illinois. I love a wide range of music.

Education
Pekin Community High School, Bachelors from Columbia Bible College MDiv from Denver Seminary