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.
8 Tips for Better Bible Teaching

8 Tips for Better Bible Teaching

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

Life Is But A Breath

I got up, lit my favorite candle in my office, turned off the lights, and sat down. With the early morning sun pressing in through the blinds, my eyes began to scan across the walls; the degrees, plaques, awards, certificates, but what stood out the most were drawings...

Reasoning with Sin

Reasoning with Sin

Exodus 8:1-4; 8-10a, "The LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that...

When God Says No

When God Says No

"How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?" -Psalm 13:1-2 There are times in our journey with Christ when certain prayers that are asked for...

Dear Seminarian: Grow in Grace

Dear Seminarian: Grow in Grace

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...