By: Matt Fretwell
Emerging from the culinary arts field as a restaurant owner and executive chef (noticed by the Food Network), I learned how to integrate faith within the business world and develop leaders. Utilizing my leadership abilities, I founded a non-profit ministry, Job 31 Ministries, to assist men struggling with spiritual growth, discipleship and life issues.
The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife, three beautiful daughters and allowed me to author multiple books. I’ve served in pastoral ministry for over a decade, in many areas, including: church planting, evangelism, associate pastor, and currently as a revitalization pastor at Oak Hall Baptist near Richmond, Virginia.
I’m an advocate board member for Living Bread Ministries (LBM), a comprehensive church planting organization that helps the global poor. LBM reaches the slums of the world and assists people in breaking the chains of poverty by providing the working skills needed to become independent.
Being a former church planter, I was given the opportunity to become the director of operations for New Breed Church Planting. I have trained church planters in Richmond, Virginia and developed New Breed’s national leadership by implementing regional coordinators, trainers, and also overseeing New Breed’s Global network. I frequently write about leadership, church planting, revitalization, health and growth for several publications and websites.
To sum it up, I’m currently pursuing my doctoral degree in Great Commission Leadership at Southeastern, co-host of the Wretched & Wrecked podcast, revitalization pastor of Oak Hall, director of operations for New Breed Church Planting Network, leadership coach for Job 31’s coaching network and a family man—yet Christ always comes first.
I would love to have your support in prayer for wisdom, discernment and heart to continue to encourage and train others.