Originally from Lansing Michigan, graduated from Lansing Christian High School. A Moody Bible Institute graduate from their Missionary Aviation program. A second-generation A&P/IA aircraft mechanic. Matt and his wife, Kristie (an LPN) worked 7 ½ years in Kenya with Africa Inland Mission (AIM AIR) before returning to the USA in 2004. He currently works with Preferred Airparts in the structures department. They have three children.