Matt enjoys everyone he meets. He is genuinely interested in people. In fact, he loves to listen and learn from others who are different from him. This guy can carry on a conversation with anybody, so introverts beware.
He enjoys riding his bicycle on the Trace but when he gets tired he prefers to ride his Yamaha V-Star motorcycle. Matt enjoys most sports but loves to watch college football, preferably in a bar with multiple screens. Like any typical man, this guy loves to eat just about anything, so cook something for him and you’ll be a friend for life. Interesting facts: Matt ran the Chicago Marathon, was adopted as a baby, graduated from Cincinnati Christian University and has been to 15 different countries.
Matt always says he “married up” and we all agree. He and Sara have celebrated over 28 years together growing in their marriage and ministry. Sara has a passion for kids and loves to teach history and is now an education consultant. They have two sons, Mike (23) and Ben (20).
Matt’s faith drives everything he does. He experienced the forgiveness and grace of God when he was in high school and it was just a few months later when he dedicated his life to pastoring and preaching.
Matt McGue I Lead Pastor (Left)
Donavon Thigpen | Associate Pastor (Right)
Endorsements & Covering
“Matt McGue is one of my favorite pastors on the planet! He intentionally came to Charlotte to plant a church ‘for ALL people’ and he wanted to do so in a unified way with other pastors in the area. I happened to be one of those pastors who has had the joy of partnering with him in our city to advance God’s Kingdom. Matt is a pure man of God who has a passion for our Lord and for His church to reflect the diversity of heaven. Jackson Mississippi is blessed to have him! I encourage you to join Pastor Matt to establish God’s church in your city!”
Pastor Kelvin Smith of Steele Creek Church of Charlotte , a church with over 40 nations represented in Charlotte, NC
“Pastor Matt and his wife Sara are two of the most passionate people with a heart for racial reconciliation that I have ever met and in 2004 founded our church to reach the diversity of Charlotte. Their love for the Lord and belief in the local church is second to none. Pastor Matt leads with integrity, vision and a relentless desire to see the grace of Jesus reach all generations. As a former church staff member for 8 years and continued friend of Matt I can confidently say that ONE Church has a fresh visionary leader unlike anything the city of Jackson has ever seen!”
Pastor Nate Siemon of Lifepointe Christian Church, Charlotte, NC
“It is with great Joy that I welcome Pastor Matt and One Church to Ridgeland. As Mayor of the city I know how important it is to have strong Christian leadership in our community and I believe Pastor Matt and One Church will bring many citizens the important good news of Christ our Lord and Savior. I look forward to the great things God is going to do through his dedication to the gospel.”
Mayor Gene McGee of The City of Ridgeland, Ridgeland, MS
“I’ve had the privilege of calling Matt a friend for nearly 30 years. I’ve watched his life and ministry as he faithfully loves both God and people. Matt is incredibly gifted as a leader but more important, he is incredibly committed to following Jesus. I could not be more supportive of Matt’s calling to Jackson, Mississippi. God’s church will thrive under Matt’s servant leadership!”
Presdient Greg Nettle of Stadia Global Church Planting, Irvine, CA