Dr. Matthew Everhard is the Senior Pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Matthew was born on the Lord's Day at around 10:30 in the morning (church time!) in the Rustbelt city of Akron. He grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, a Northeastern Ohio town famous for its beautiful "crooked river," scenic falls, and quaint midwestern sensibilities.
He sensed a call to the ministry early, while still in high school, and prepared for a life of ordained ministry at Malone Universtiy and Ashland Theological Seminary, and then later earned his doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 2008.
During his course of study at ATS Matthew concentrated in the field of Spiritual Formation. As an undergraduate at Malone, Matthew majored in Bible and Theology. While at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando), Matthew did a directed study on Jonathan Edwards, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Edwards's theology of joy, supervised by Dr. Michael Allen. Matthew later published his dissertation as a book for the general public with the title, A Theology of Joy: Jonathan Edwards and Eternal Happiness in the Holy Trinity (Fort Worth, TX: JESociety Press, 2018).
Matthew is also a contributing editor for the book A Collection of Essays on Jonathan Edwards (JESociety Press, 2016), and a contributor of four entries (Joy; Hell; Original Sin; Predestination) to the comprehensive Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia, published by Eerdmans, in coorperation with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. He also has an article in the forthcoming Miscellanies Reader edited by Dr. Robert Boss, and a chapter in the forthcoming hardback Jonathan Edwards and the Dark Side of the Enlightenment, edited by John T. Lowe and Daniel N. Gullotta in the "New Directions in Jonathan Edwards Studies" series (Vanderhoek & Ruprecht, Germany).
Matthew is deeply committed to world missions, having served on the mission fields of Equatorial Guinea (Central West Africa), El Salvador (five times), Mexico (four times), Ukraine, the Bahamas, Scotland, Thailand, and the Cayman Islands.
Today, he and his lovely wife Kelly have three children, Soriah (an aspiring neonatal nurse and writer), Elijah (an aspiring physical therapist and NCAA wrestling champion), and Simone (an aspiring lawyer, due to her penchant for arguing). Besides preaching, teaching, and writing, Matthew enjoys riding bikes with the family and playing in the backyard with the children. He volunteers as a parent/coach for youth folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, reviews and collects Bibles for Cambridge and Crossway, and drinks his coffee jet black.
Matthew also serves as one of the coordinators for the Westminster Society, a networking group in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
- BA (Bible and Theology) Malone University, 1999
- MA (Practical Theology) Ashland Theological Seminary, 2006.
- Post-Graduate Studies. Reformed Theological Seminary (Virtual Campus), 2011-2013.
- D.MIN. Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando Campus), 2013-2016. Dissertation: A Theology of Joy: Jonathan Edwards and Eternal Happiness in the Holy Trinity.
A Theology of Joy: Jonathan Edwards and Eternal Happiness in the Holy Trinity (Fort Worth TX: JESociety Press, 2018).
A Collection of Essays on Jonathan Edwards. Contributing editor, with Dr. Robert L. Boss. Essays: “Jonathan Edwards: Calvinistic Homeboy or Reformed Eccentric” and “Jonathan Edwards and the Silkworm: Preaching and Typology.” (Fort Worth, TX: JESociety Press, 2016).
Hold Fast the Faith: A Devotional Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1647. (Lenoir NC: Reformation Press, 2012).
Abortion: The Evangelical Perspective. (N. Richland Hills TX: BIBAL Press, 2007).
Rock Solid: Helping Teens Discover the Truth of Christianity. (Lenoir NC: Reformation Press, 2005).
Chapters Contributed in Books
“Happiness: Miscellanies 576, 585, 701, 721, 741, 777” in The Miscellanies Reader. Edited by Dr. Robert L. Boss (Fort Worth, TX: JESociety Press). Forthcoming, 2018.
“Jonathan Edwards: An Intellect Precariously Astride Two Diverging Epochs” in Jonathan Edwards and the Dark Side of the Enlightenment. New Directions in Jonathan Edwards Studies. Edited by John T. Lowe and Daniel N. Gullotta. (Vanderhoeck & Ruprecht, Germany). Forthcoming, 2019.
“The Preaching Ministry of Jonathan Edwards” in Westminster Society Journal, v. 2 (Summer 2018).
“We Confess: An Introduction to the Westminster Confession of Faith” in Westminster Society Journal, v.1 (Summer 2017).
“Happiness,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
“Hell,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
“Original Sin,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
“Predestination,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
Other Print Articles (Selective)
“Jonathan Edwards: The Theologian of Joy” Modern Reformation Magazine. Sept/Oct, 2018. Forthcoming.
“Do You Believe in Hell?” Modern Reformation Magazine. (Vol. 12. No. 6. Nov/Dec 2012). p. 16.
Jonathan Edwards Studies: Matthew is the general editor of EdwardsStudies.com, an online forum devoted to the theology and philosophy of the American Puritan theologian, Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). EdwardsStudies.com features regular discussions and synopses of Edwards's works, interviews with other authors and scholars as well as conference news and updates.
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