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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, and Thomas More from A Man for All Seasons (in that order).

He loves Jesus, the Bible, his family, coffee, ketchup chips, running (but only when it’s warm and sunny outside), 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His pet peeves are TVs in restaurants, wet socks, out-of-date websites, and mosquitoes.

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 was also interviewed on the “Spirituality for Normal People” podcast hosted by Matt Brough, the the “Young Church Leaders” podcast hosted by Grant Vissers.

He writes a daily 1-minute devotional called “Up!” (you can sign up in 13 seconds here). Recently it has come to the Life Radio Network across Central Ontario. He is an active blogger at www.MatthewRuttan.com and is releasing a book in 2018 called “Turbulence: How to navigate the storms of life (because no one gets a free ride).”

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

What is


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


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


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.”


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

Matthew on Twitter


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


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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