Jared Matthew

Hi, I’m Jared! I’m the pastor here at First Baptist Church. I love the Gospel! My desire is to encourage the body of Christ toward Gospel-centered ministry and to help believers learn how the Gospel works for, in, and through them as they make Jesus the center of their lives.

My wife and I grew up in farm country just outside of Lancaster, PA. I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Missions from Northland International University, and my wife studied piano at Ambassador Baptist College. After our marriage in July 2010 we moved to Minnesota to pursue seminary training. I enrolled in the Master’s of Divinity program at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and graduated in May of 2016.

Our family currently resides in Faribault. Emily and I are foster parents for Rice County and LOVE having children in our home! We have adopted one child through foster care and are in the process of adopting three more. We also have two energetic young dogs—Chip and Molly. Emily and I both love to run! We have both completed marathons and ultra marathons, and enjoy all things outdoors, especially running, biking, and hiking in the nearby parks and nature areas. We also enjoy a relaxing afternoon picnic in the park and the sweet smell of a campfire.

We use foster care and our love for the outdoors to build connections with those in their community and hope to spread the fragrance of the Gospel to all around!

Get To Know Our Pastor

What do you do when you run?  I usually listen to podcasts or audiobooks.  Sometimes I'll listen to sermons.  Running is a great opportunity to decompress and get the blood flowing!    

What do you do with your spare time?  I enjoy all things outdoors, but particularly love running, cycling, hiking, and fishing.  Most of my spare time is either spent on the trails or spending time with my wife and our children. 

Who is your greatest inspiration in ministry?  Tough question!  I can think of several former pastors who have contributed to my ministry understanding and philosophy.  For preaching, I love listening to sermons by John Piper, John MacArthur, and Matt Chandler.   

How long does it take you to prepare a sermon?  It depends on the passage!  I would say the average sermon takes anywhere from 8-12 hours.  Some passages are easier; others are more difficult and require more preparation time.                   

What is your favorite food?  I like a lot of foods!  Tacos and pizza are the first that come to mind.  I also enjoy a nice juicy burger.  Coffee is also near and dear to my existence, and my wife and I enjoy trying various flavors of coffee! 

Do you play any instruments?  Yes!  The guitar is currently my main instrument, but I also play the ukulele.  On occasion I have been known to dust off and toot my trombone.  My wife and I both sing and enjoy ministering in music together.       

Do you have a favorite quote?  I can think of many that have impacted me, but I think one that has stuck with me through the years is what William Carey said: Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.   

What is your worst nightmare in ministry?  That I'll wake up on a Sunday morning and realize I forgot to prepare a sermon!