Matt Funk

Aspen Grove Church, Colorado
Lead Church Planter
Parker Colorado
Aspen Grove Church
February 12

About My Family

After more than a decade of full-time ministry in established churches, God began to work in our hearts and stir an urgency for multiplication. Education in church planting, along with experiencing the growth and energy that comes to a church as it sends missionaries and starts a new work, began to help us see how God was faithfully preparing us for such a time as this.

Our first exploratory tour of Denver truly opened our eyes to the incredible need for the gospel. In a place surrounded by natural beauty, an intense spiritual darkness still exists. As the population has grown, the need for the gospel has grown along with it.

About My Church Plant

Our additional visits to the area, as well as a great deal of prayer, led us to the city of Parker, Colo. Seas of houses and apartments with few or no churches to serve them and offer them the hope of Christ broke our hearts. It became clear that God had been working to prepare us for this work, and He continues to make a way for the gospel to thrive in Parker.

As we pursued church planting and completed our assessments with the North American Mission Board, God was at work in our home church, First Baptist Covington. As our church's heart and vision for sending workers into the harvest has grown, it has been a blessing to have these people, for whom we care deeply, rally around and join in this new effort. First Baptist has laid a great foundation for multiplication, and we are proud to continue that work as we are sent to Parker.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God’s call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at “Send me.”


Join us in praying for God to work in the hearts and lives of the people of Parker and for the gospel to take root. Pray for effectiveness in sharing the gospel. Pray for workers to join in the harvest.


Consider sending teams or individuals to join in this new work. Send short-term teams or prayerfully consider sending individuals or families who may be willing to be part of our long-term core team. Building a network of relationships is important, and the more people we can know, the better. So, help connect us with churches or people you know in or near Parker. Consider being a Supporting Church or a financial partner.
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
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