Pastors & Staff
Matt Jones comes to Latham after serving in the UMC for 25 years. Most recently he was appointed to lead the NAC efforts in New Church Development, During that time he developed the processes and policies for effectively starting new churches, and designed and launched “DesignLab” here in Huntsville. DesignLab is a premium collaborative learning environment and event venue located in Historic Lincoln Mill. It served as the primary training location for church planters, as well as the North east District. Matt is also very involved in the Huntsville “start-up” community and serves as advisor and board member to several local efforts.
Prior to working for the NAC, Matt spent 6 years on staff at Cove Church as the Executive Pastor with responsibilities for finances, facilities and staff management. During that time he had major projects which in included construction of a new youth/ office complex and the acquisition and renovation of a second location for Cove Church in the Chase area. He has also served churches in the Alabama /West Florida Conference before moving to Huntsville.
Huntsville is home for Matt. He was born and raised here and graduated from Huntsville High School before attending Auburn University were he received his BA in World Religions. He later completed his MA in Family Systems at the University of Mobile. He is currently continuing his theological education through the Course of Study at Candler School of Theology at Emory.
Matt has 2 sons, Joshua (20) and Chris (18). Joshua has just returned from a semester in India, where he was training House Church leaders in evangelism. He is currently a student at Mid Western Baptist College and Seminary. Chris has just graduated from Huntsville High and preparing to start college this Fall.
Matt’s parents (Lee and Elizabeth) have been in Huntsville since 1963 and are long time members at Trinity UMC.