Matt & Abbey WIllis
Hometown: What is that exactly? (I was an Army Brat!)
Age: Both 27
Number of States lived in: 8
Family (Names): Abigail (Abbey)- Wife, Jason (1 year old)
Hobbies: Reading, Playing sports, Playing Xbox ;), Going to the Beach!
Favorite Foods: Pizza, Fried Chicken, Asian & Mexican! Pretty much anything beside canned spinach!!!!
Phobias: 1st has to be heights, but a close 2nd....the bunny zombie apocalypse!!!! :0 (It's real!!)
I was raised in a Christian home all my life where ministry was something that my family was always actively involved in...especially since my dad was a pastor at different times of my life (He was also a chaplain in the U.S. Army). Growing up in a family with seven kids can have it's challenges, especially when one of them was handicapped (NO...I am not referring to myself...though some of the youth group might disagree!), but I wouldn't trade my family for anything! I was saved at a young age, and from that time on I felt the Lord leading me into the ministry someday. Even when I strayed from the Lord during my teen years, God continued to work in my life until I got right about the sin I had been hiding and re-surrendered my life for the ministry! I went to a bible college in 2010 and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Bible and a minor in Missions! It was here that I met my wife (though we didn't begin dating until 2015- a story for another time!) who had also been raised in a Christian home and had a desire to be used by God in full time Christian service! In between my Jr. and Sr. year of college through the providential leading of God, I interned here at Cross and Crown Baptist Church and fell in love with the church and teen ministry! I finished up my last year of school after interning, and right before I graduated the church voted and asked if I would come back on as the youth pastor/assistant pastor/gopher/whatever else Pastor Caldwell needed me to be :)! I came on as a single man, but the Lord was gracious again and knew I would need some help so he directed me and my beautiful wife (Abbey) together and we were married on June 25, 2016! Our son was born in September of 2017 and our life was once again drastically changed for the better. Every day is an adventure with a little one in the ministry, but we wouldn't have it any other way!