Originally from Channahon, IL, Matt Joiner grew up in church but did not become a Christian until he was 20 years old. Shortly after he began following Christ, he felt God calling him to full-time ministry. In 2007 Matt moved to Louisville, KY, where he attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministries. During his studies at Southern, Matt became the Student Pastor at a local church and served in that role for 10 years. During his second year at Southern, he married the love of his life, Erin. Matt and Erin have two daughters, Ezra Mae and Ivy Louise, who are an absolute joy and blessing. Matt has also served as a discipleship pastor for 6 years (2017-2023) and has recently planted a church (April 2023). Also, he is back at Southern Seminary in the final stages of completing his D.Ed.Min in Biblical Counseling. He is passionate about Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. He desires to see every Christian do their part for the Great Commission by sharing their faith and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.