Written by Charles Zimmerman
Monday, 30 September 2013 00:00
Where have they gone & where are they now?
Matt Reed was gone before I arrived as a student, but I was here as a teacher for Matt’s second stint at Biblical. We have now served together for 15 years at Calvary Church and my appreciation and respect for Matt have grown with the years. Matt is the quintessential shepherd, who is willing to dive into the messy details of relationships and walk with people regardless of the difficulty all while manifesting the grace and love of the gospel.
What years did you attend at Biblical, and what degree(s) did you receive?
I first attended Biblical from 1977-1980. I graduated with a Master of Divinity and also received the homiletic award. I returned in 1988 and finished in 1989 and received a Master of Arts with a counseling emphases.
What have you been doing since then?
Right after graduation, in 1980, I became the assistant pastor at Independent Bible Church in Willow Grove, PA and then in 1984 I became the senior pastor. I left in 1987 and became the executive director of Haycock Camping Ministries – a semi-rustic camping facility that primarily ministered to boys and men through outdoor programming. In 1998 I joined the staff at Calvary Church, Souderton, PA a church my wife Sharon and I attended since we were married. I have served there in various capacities – Transformational Ministries, International Ministries, Adult Ministries, MidWeek Services, Outreach, Large Events and anywhere there has been a staffing need.
I married the love of my live, Sharon, on October 1, 1988. Besides choosing to follow Christ as a teen this was the best decision I ever made. She is truly awesome in every way. Sharon and I love to serve the Lord together. We regularly teach in Calvary’s pre-marriage program, have done some speaking together at conferences, spoken to our church together on occasion, facilitated and served on many missions trips and taught international leaders in Africa. We have two children; Kelsey who graduated in May 2013 with a double major from Cairn University and is now serving there in a presidential internship and Jared who is a junior at Taylor University in the business department and who is also an outstanding runner on their cross country and track teams.
Sharon and I have had the privilege of traveling to many places both in the states and around the world. Sometimes it was for ministry other times it was for pleasure. Earlier this year we visited our daughter in Prague where she was completing her student teaching requirements at an international school. In October we will be going to Turkey to celebrate our 25 wedding anniversary. While there we will be touring Istanbul and visiting the sites of the seven churches from Revelation. We can’t wait.
Share a favorite memory from your Biblical days.
One of my favorite memories was at an informal nighttime gathering of all the freshman and facility during orientation. The students and facility sat in a circle and introduced themselves include a bit about how they were. When it came time for Mr. Dunzweiler, our theology professor who is now with the Lord, to do so he stood up and said – my name is Robert Dunzweiler and my job here is to be the brunt of Tom Taylor’s humor.
On a more serious note – to this day I still remember some of the message from chapel by both facility and guest speakers. Some of those sermons still impact me today.
Charles Zimmerman is the Thomas V. Taylor Professor of Practical Theology. He also serves as Teaching Pastor at Calvary Church in Souderton. He is married to Kim and they have two daughters, Ashley and Megan.