Matt teaches systematic theology and church history, and his research focuses on religion in early modern England. Originally from the United States, he studied history at UCLA and received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University, Belfast, and has authored the monograph, Orthodox Radicals: Baptist Identity in the English Revolution (2019, OUP).
Matt’s research on early modern English Baptists and trans-Atlantic congregationalism has led to scholarly articles in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, The Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, The Seventeenth Century, and Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (forthcoming, 2019). He has also co-authored On Being Reformed: Debates over a Theological Identity (2018, Palgrave Macmillan).
Before coming to Oak Hill, Matt served as a pastor in the United States and Northern Ireland, and he aims to equip students for ministry by encouraging careful, historically informed theological reflection. He is married to Shelley and they have three children: Amelia, John, and James. Outside of the classroom, Matt enjoys books, board games, and making the most of his National Trust membership.