A Little Bit About Me


My name is Jay Matthew Barnes. Most people just call me Matt. I’ve been a follower of Jesus for almost thirty years, married for fourteen years, a dad for just over two years, and a nerd for a long, long time!

I grew up in the church, went to a Christian college (where I met my wife), and eventually graduated from seminary.  I then moved from my beloved home-state of Texas to the wilds of Los Angeles, where my wife, dog, and I have lived for over a decade.  I recently wrappef up my PhD in New Testament…finally!

But my passion as of late has been centered on being more missional. I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about how I can participate in the work of God in the Los Angeles area, whether through disciple-making, pursuing justice, or equipping God’s people to be more missional and incarnational. A lot of what I on my blog and talk about on my podcast is focused on God’s call in our lives to go and make disciples of all nations!

I also write about my journey as a follower of Jesus, a family man, and a nerd. Feel free to interact with my posts as you see fit!

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