Meet Pastor Matt Figura
Pastor Matt was born in Southern California in 1972. He was raised by godly Christian parents in a Grace Brethren Church. He enjoyed the companionship of his brother, Adam, during these formative years.
In 1992, Matt attended a conference that changed the direction of his life and future ministry. At this conference he was exposed, for the first time, to Reformed Theology. Matt developed a love for the "doctrines of grace" and decided to enroll in a Reformed seminary upon graduation from college.
In 1995, Matt graduated with a Bachelors degree in Specialized Communications from Cal Poly, Pomona, and had designs on attending seminary in order to train for the gospel ministry. In the meantime, the Lord blessed him with his beautiful wife Jessica, and the two were married December 9, 1995. The Lord has provided the couple with 6 covenant children for which they are most thankful.
In 2000, Matt enrolled at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS), and the family moved from California to South Carolina. Little did they know at the time, but the Lord planned to keep Matt in seminary for most of the next decade! During this time, the Lord grew their marriage, nurtured their children, and provided a number of opportunities for Matt to gain experience serving in the Church. Matt served as Stated Supply Preacher for Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) in Bristol, Tennessee from 2003-2006. In the summer of 2006 he was called to be the Pastoral Intern at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the end of this lengthy internship Matt finally completed his seminary studies, graduating with a Master of Divinity from GPTS in May 2009.
In late-May of 2009, the family was on the move again, this time in answer to the call of the OPC's Presbytery of the Southeast, who called Matt to be the Church Planter in Cookeville, Tennessee. Matt was ordained to the gospel ministry on June, 12, 2009, and installed as the Pastor-Evangelist of Faith Presbyterian Church, where he has been serving God's people with joy ever since. He prays that the Lord would bless him with a long and fruitful ministry in the Cookeville area.
Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and children, developing relationships within the church and community, and preaching the gospel at every opportunity. In his spare time he plays tennis and golf.