Greetings in the Lord! My name is Dr. Matthew Perry, and I’m glad you stopped by Gospel-Gripped Preaching. I pray that this blog will be of benefit to you who preach the gospel week in and week out, as well as to those who sit under gospel preaching each week. Allow me to share a bit of my testimony with you.
At the age of 18, after graduating from Central Florida Community College, Ienrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic College (now University) in West Palm Beach, FL, as a Church Music major. What a tremendous opportunity! Learning the discipline being trained in classical music, being around other Christians of the same age, and studying at an institution with a Christian worldview — praise God from whom ALL blessings flow.
I went on to study Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Upon graduation, I served at the First Baptist Church of Clewiston, FL, as minister of music and youth. It was there that God called me in a different direction. In June of 1999 while taking 18 of his youth to youth camp, God impressed upon me a new area of ministry with these words: “I want you to preach!” As someone involved with music my whole life, this was no easy submission. But finally, after 18 months of soul-searching and prayer, I announced that he would leave Clewiston and return to seminary for what many say is a “preaching degree.”
I finished my M.Div. degree from Southern as well as a Doctor of Ministry program in Expository Preaching at Southern.
I serve as pastor of Arapahoe Road Baptist Church in Centennial, Colorado in the Denver Metro area. Through the preaching of the Word of God, a commitment to be On-Mission for Christ through evangelism and missions, and a desire to disciple and foster fellowship among the followers of Jesus Christ, we pray that God will continue to do great things among this family of faith as He has since 1960.