Matthew Fretwell

Emerging from the culinary arts field as a restaurant owner and executive chef (Food Network), Matt's journey from addiction to pastor is a miraculous narrative.Feeling compassion to help other men struggling with addictions and life issues, Matt founded a non-profit ministry, Job 31 Ministries.Matt is married, has three beautiful daughters and has authored multiple books. He serves as pastor at Oak Hall Baptist near Richmond, Virginia.Matt is an advocate board member of Living Bread Ministries (LBM), a global comprehensive Church Planting organization that helps the poorest of the poor. LBM reaches the slums of the world and helps people break the chains of poverty.Matt’s the Director of Operations for New Breed Church Planting and co-founder of a collaborative church planting and revitalization initiative called Planting RVA, in Richmond, Virginia.Matt frequently writes about church leadership, planting, revitalization, health, and growth for Church Planter Magazine, Church Central, and Urban Church Planting.He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in churcplanting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Discipleship From The Beginning

Discipleship From The Beginning

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what discipleship is and how to embrace the Cross of Christ in all of life. Dave looked at learning the key to true contentment and joy in the Lord. Nick wrote on the three spiritual stages...

Three Keys For A Passionate Prayer Life

Three Keys For A Passionate Prayer Life

Every believer should have a connecting time of prayer and devotion. Each of us may have different rituals, practices, places, and/or times for our petitions to be made known, but one thing we should agree on, prayer is imperative for our healthy relationship and walk...

Can Sin Co-Exist Within The Church?

Can Sin Co-Exist Within The Church?

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...