EXIT STUDENT PROFILES: Greg Matthews
From Hunter Valley to Scots Church
I grew up in a Christian family in the Hunter Valley, and looking back I can see how God was at work leading me to salvation. The questions my mum asked (“What makes you think you can get into heaven?”), the sermons I heard and the experiences along the way gradually led me to trust in God’s grace and Christ himself, and to commit myself to living as God would have me live.
After boarding school in Armidale, I studied Information Technology at the University of Technology in Sydney, where I met my wife Haesook, who had come from Korea to Sydney to learn English. I then worked as a business and IT consultant for many years, working mostly with banks and insurance companies. Hassock and I have two children, Ben (19) and Amy (18).
Coming to faith was a long process, but my call to ministry was much more abrupt. I suddenly found myself facing sleepless nights. Through prayer, the Lord called me away from my old work and then into ministry. Within a few weeks, I had quit my work and begun study. I’ve particularly loved studying church history, seeing the long historical testimony of Christianity and the historical reliability of Jesus. I’ve also been challenged through more intense study of the Bible. I’ve had time to study more difficult books like Job and passages like Genesis 34, and have found them to be very fruitful and helpful to me.
My student placement was at Scots Church and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the team of ministers here. As in all things, I put my trust in Christ as my help, knowing that the Lord works all things for the good of those who love him.
Greg Matthews has been appointed to Scots’ Presbyterian Church Melbourne.