Matthew Allen grew up in Malvern, Arkansas. He attended Malvern High School, graduating in 1992. He pursued an accounting degree at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas for three years before devoting his life to preaching. Matthew received a degree in Religion from Wright State University in 2017.
Matthew began preaching regularly in 1995 and has previously worked with congregations in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, Brownsburg, Indiana, and Rapid City, South Dakota. He began working with Kettering Church of Christ in 2010. Matthew has also worked extensively outside of the United States, by conducting evangelistic efforts in Belize (1998), Canada (2007, 09, 11), and Ukraine (2003, 04, 08). He has been making yearly trips to Colombia since 2011, working with churches in Bogota, Manizales, Cali, Villavicencio, Lorica, and Ibague.
Matthew's wife, Becky, grew up near Malvern, Arkansas and is the youngest of four children. Matthew and Becky have been married over 24 years and have two children, a daughter and a son. Emilea is a graduate of Florida College and lives in Temple Terrace, FL Zackary is a student at nearby Sinclair Community College.
The Lord’s Church in My Life
Matthew became a Christian in 1987 at the age of thirteen. God has always been very important to him. From his youngest days, he has always been involved in the church in a variety of ways. He loves to lead singing and has had a desire to preach the gospel since he was nine years old.
Matthew says he is very thankful for the many relationships he has established through his years of preaching.
Matthew's mission at Kettering is to encourage members to grow in their relationship with Jesus through pulpit preaching and teaching Bible classes.