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WHO IS

MATTHEW RUTTAN (Rev)


M cropOur pastor is Matthew Ruttan. These days he has a motto: “Because a pulse doesn’t mean you’re alive.”

He’s a husband, dad-of-3, and has been the pastor at Westminster since 2008.

His heroes are Jesus, his wife, Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie, and Thomas More from A Man for All Seasons (in that order).

He loves Jesus, the Bible, his family, coffee, ketchup chips, running on the elliptical machine (sometimes), blue shoes, and helping people live out their faith in practical ways today.

On his days off you’ll find him enjoying a flavored coffee with his wife, playing lego with his kids, and wearing jogging pants.

Oh, and one day he hopes to own a rowboat. Just because it seems awesome.

His pet peeves are TVs in restaurants, wet socks, out-of-date websites, mosquitoes, hangnails, and DVDs that won’t play because they have too many scratches.

In 2015 he served as the Teen Week Chaplain at Glen Mohr Camp, and received an award for “Best Blog” by the Canadian Church Press.

In 2016 he was invited to present a workshop on engaging young people with the Bible at the national Canada Youth conference.

He writes a daily 1-minute devotional called “Up!” (you can sign up in 13 seconds here) and is an active blogger, not only at www.MatthewRuttan.com but for the Presbyterian Record magazine.

Raised in Bracebridge, it was all about hockey. And then by high school it became all about music. During and after his undergraduate studies he worked as a rock musician and for several years as a political aide at Queen’s Park.

He accepted a call to be the pastor (minister) at Westminster in Barrie in 2008. Interestingly enough, in his conversations with people while preparing for leadership, he told others he’d like to serve in a small town or big city—“but nothing in the middle, nothing like Barrie.” (Somewhere God is chuckling.)

What he likes most about Westminster in Barrie is seeing the Holy Spirit at work, an openness to try new things, and the healthy evolution of a real church with real and faithful people. He also serves on the national Church Doctrine committee.

He believes…

  • in prayer and that humans do have wings (they’re called knees)
  • that the castle of your character is built one brick at a time
  • that if you have a life-changing faith your faith should be changing your life
  • and that you can’t lead from the middle

His two favorite Bible verses right now are:

  • John 10:10: “The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
  • Mark 13:31: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Jesus).

Matthew's latest Twitter posts

  • Whenever I'm tempted to take myself too seriously, my family pulls me into a giggling wrestle-fest and reminds me of what's what
  • Sunday Oct 22 - 11:15pm
  • And how can we live wealthy lives regardless of how much money we have? Dial in to today's podcast to find out: https://t.co/Oq9aAh5KlQ
  • Sunday Oct 22 - 7:15pm
  • Tomorrow I share some biblical teaching about this: "Do you possess your possessions, or do your possessions posses… https://t.co/5IEotNmLJw
  • Saturday Oct 21 - 11:00pm
  • Something well-meaning couples do that can lead to divorce: https://t.co/yFlux1LTRT #advice #marriage #relationships
  • Saturday Oct 21 - 2:50pm
  • "Getting your head in the game" The Up! Devo for Oct 21. #bible #truth #ritual #faith https://t.co/V4i4VrY9OT
  • Saturday Oct 21 - 10:03am

What is

NEW


In 2015 Matthew received an award for “Best Blog” by the Canadian Church Press.

He is also working on a few articles about faith and parenting, and faith formation.


What is his

EDUCATION


B.A. York University (1999, Summa Cum Laude)

M.Div. University of Toronto, Knox College (2008, Gold Medal)

Th.M. University of Toronto, Knox College (ongoing)


What are his favorite

BIBLE PASSAGES


Mark 13:31: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Jesus).

Isaiah 40:8: “But the word of our God will stand forever.”

Twitter

On Twitter, Matthew shares insights about faith, parenting, and general inspiration.

Matthew on Twitter

YouTube

On Matthew's YouTube channel you'll find short videos he has put together introducing Sunday series' or vlogs (video blogs). You can also see other videos he has 'liked.'

Matthew's YouTube Channel

LinkedIn

Connect with Matthew on LinkedIn. There you can see professional history, blog posts, articles, and other information related to church, publications and education.

Matthew on LinkedIn

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