About Me

I’m senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. Before that, I previously served as pastor to Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Virginia, and as chaplain to Sweet Briar College. The sermons here mostly come from my time in Amherst; these days, my sermons mostly show up on the University Presbyterian Church website.

My  work has also been featured in Working Preacher, on the Day1 Sermon Broadcast, and in The Christian Century. One of the things I do for the Century is co-host a podcast Technicolor Jesus, which is a running conversation about movies, theology, and the church.

My background is through Georgetown University, the University of Iowa, and Princeton Theological Seminary. I like to cook, watch baseball, and hang out with my wife Sarah and son Charlie.

Contact me: matt -[dot]- gaventa -[at]- gmail -[dot]- com.