Joshua Matteson

GraceLife Church, Arizona
Lead Church Planter
Scottsdale Arizona
GraceLife Church
January 13

About My Family

My wife, Tracy, and I have been married since 2006, and we have raised three boys: Josiah (22), Benjamin (20) and Elijah (17). Tracy has successfully homeschooled all three of our boys who have gone on to college and careers. I am originally from Boulder, Colo., and Tracy is from San Jose, Calif. We met in Bible college here in the Phoenix area back in the late 90s and have called Arizona home ever since.

I have a bachelor of arts degree in pastoral studies (2007) and a master of divinity degree in biblical communication (2016). My wife and I have been in full-time ministry since 2001. I have served as a youth pastor (7 years), interim pastor (9 months) and senior pastor (9 years). My wife has served alongside me and has led women's ministry for more than 15 years.

About My Church Plant

Tracey and I launched GraceLife Church Easter Sunday in April 2017. We were joined by a leadership team and a new church core of about 50 people. Our everyday heartbeat in ministry in our new church is to live the life of grace together—in community and on mission—by sharing the love of Jesus and the message of the gospel where God has planted us in this city, which is in the spiritually impoverished community of north Scottsdale, Ariz. Our big vision is to reach our community with the gospel and to participate in the expansion of the kingdom through the multiplication of healthy churches, not only in our city but in cities throughout the western United States, even to the farthest reaches of the world.

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Pray

Pray that we would establish new contacts as we canvass the neighborhoods around our church plant location. Pray that we would get our visitors connected to our community groups and that we would see our groups grow from two to five by the end of the year. Pray that God would send us a worship leader with a shepherd's heart. Pray for the salvation of several individuals with whom we are currently working. Pray for the successful launch of our training for disciple-makers. Pray for our leadership team to grow spiritually.

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