Matthew J. Deen, M.Div
Who Am I?
My story begins in the Chattahoochee Valley region of Georgia, where I was born and raised. I was blessed to have as my first spiritual teacher my very own mother, who was a children’s minister and educator in the Pentecostal church that was my first and longtime spiritual home.
After graduating college in 2010, I moved to New York City, where I built the beginnings of what I believed would be a long career as a nonprofit fundraiser. But a series of events, both personal and public, led me to discern a call to ministry. I entered Union Theological Seminary in Fall 2017, where I began to work though a lifelong accumulation of questions, curiosities sown from earliest age and nourished through many joys and hardships.
While in seminary I had the privilege of serving as a community minister at Judson Memorial Church. Since graduating Union in May 2020, I’ve served as an interning minister at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. I am also privileged to work for Auburn Theological Seminary in NYC. In May 2021, Marlboro Meeting House called me to serve as its Pastor, which has been and continues to be a deeply rewarding experience.
I am blessed to live in Townshend, Vermont, with my spouse Ella and our beloved cat Mimi.
What I Believe:
I believe the whole of Creation is the result of God’s ongoing creative love.
I believe Christ is the chief expression of this love in the world and that the redemption Christ bears is for the liberation of everyone, right here and now.
I believe that God loves all of us—all of us—far beyond our ability to comprehend it; the more fully we come to understand the depth and breadth of that great love, the freer we become.
I believe being a Christian has more to do with how a person lives in the world than what they believe.
I believe the Bible is an endless source of healing wisdom and liberatory insight and that it is as relevant today as at any time.
That said, I also believe that the work of interpretation is never final, that God is still speaking, and that Scripture is too important ever to take its meaning for granted.
I believe that, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there still remains good reason to hope that we can remake the world in the image of God’s peaceable kingdom.
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