Our Pastor

Matt & Meg VOriginally from Michigan, Matt Vanderbilt has lived in North Carolina for over 20 years now. He graduated from UNC Charlotte and added a Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University, where he worked in Sports Medicine and was certified as an Athletic Trainer.

Quick info about Matt:
• Has been following Jesus Christ since 1991
• Served on the staff at Bethlehem Church in Gastonia, NC, for over 15 years.
• Created High 5 Sports, which peaked at around 1000 children per year before he transitioned into leading the Adult Ministry.
• Bethlehem grew to over 2500 people on 3 campuses and 6 worship services while he was there, and he was integral in helping people get connected into the life of the church, find their place to serve & join a small group.

Matt loves investing in people and helping them find their purpose in life and live it out with passion. He teaches in a very conversational style, taking truths from the Bible and presenting them in a creative way that is relevant and designed for people to apply to real life.

Entering into a new chapter of life, Matt is being coached by pastors at several churches in the Gastonia/Charlotte area. His heart is for the people of Gaston County, where Vision Church launched in January of 2015.

He has been married to Meg, an entrepreneur of her own, for almost 20 years. She is the Executive Director for Bit of Hope Ranch, a non-profit in Gaston County that has been helping hurting children, horses and families for 8 years. They have 3 amazing children–Emmaus, Elijah and Elana.

Life is a journey and Matt enjoys spending his free time with his family, heading out to Crowder’s Mountain for a hike or run and getting out on the basketball court when he has a chance.  And of course he bleeds maize & blue as a lifelong fan of the Michigan Wolverines.

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