Gratitude Sermons 2016-10-12T22:12:38+00:00

Alex Wright

Alex is a child of God, husband, father, and adventurer (in that order). He lives in Davis, California, where he has made his home since 1990. He studied Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of California at Davis and received his Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary. He loves spending time with his family, reading, running, cycling, kayaking, climbing mountains, cooking, baking bread, working with computers, photography, working on his car, building things, working with wood, tinkering, drawing, and doing random science experiments with his kids. He is married to Erica, who makes her living as a Marriage and Family Therapist and runs her own private practice in Davis. Prior to meeting each other, Alex and Erica both served independently as mountain guides and youth ministers. Alex and Erica have two daughters, Karis (5) and Sophie (3), who seem to be every bit as adventurous as their parents. The girls love kayak and mountain climbing themselves and will do anything to get out of the house.

Alex was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lived near Philadelphia for a number of years, and spent two years living in Taiwan as a high school student. His sense of adventure grew through that experience of living in Taiwan, exploring the island, and participating in outdoor activities through the international school he attended.

Alex was raised in a Christian home in Milwaukee and his parents faithfully brought him to Stuart Briscoe’s church for many years. But it wasn’t until his experience in Taiwan, living in a community where more than half of his peers were “missionary kids,” that Alex truly began to make his faith his own. Seeing the investment these families made for the cause of the gospel struck a chord with Alex and he has had a heart for ministry ever since.

Christian Meteku

Born on December 14, 1987, the Rev. Christian Kodzo Meteku, was commissioned into the pastoral ministry of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana ((E. P. C. G.) in July 2015. He comes from Anfoega-Akukome in the Volta Region of Ghana. He received God’s call to enter ministry during the final year of his university education at the University of Ghana, Legon – Accra, Ghana. Having successfully completed the university education with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in May 2010, He waited two more years to confirm this calling. Having been convinced that God was beckoning him into this holy ministry, He entered Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon – Accra, Ghana, on the sponsorship ticket of the E. P. C. G. in 2012. He was admitted to the 3-year Master of Divinity program, which he completed with Distinction, in June 2015. After he was commissioned together with his other colleagues, he was posted to Goviefe Todzi, one of the numerous rural communities in the Volta Region of Ghana, to serve as a pastor. There he serves his rural but loving congregation.

Matthew Colwell

Matthew Colwell has served for the past eight years as Pastor and Head of Staff at Knox Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California. He currently chairs the Presbytery of San Gabriel’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry.

Before heading into ordained ministry, Matthew served as the Youth Director at a number of California churches, and worked as an ASE certified automobile mechanic. Matthew’s first pastoral position was as the Associate Minister for Christian Education and Family Life at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, Connecticut, beginning in 2000. While serving in Connecticut, he also chaired the Presbytery of Southern New England’s Peacemaking Committee, and was a member of Miroslav Volf’s “Faith as a Way of Life Working Group: A Project in Pastoral Excellence” out of Yale University’s Center for Faith and Culture. During his time in the Northeast, Matthew led a number of mission and service trips to urban areas of the United States, and to communities in Mexico and Honduras.

After his time in Connecticut, Matthew spent 2005-2007 working at Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries in Oak View, California, a Christian peace and justice organization. He wrote and published Sabbath Economics: Household Practices (Tell the Word Press) in collaboration with BCM in 2007. He spoke in a variety of venues on topics like spiritual practices, biblical economics, immigration, and the plight of the refugee.
Since becoming Knox’s pastor in October of 2007, Matthew has taught classes for nearby Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary’s Southern California Extension. In 2012 he published, along with co-author Ched Myers, Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice (Orbis Press).

Matthew’s academic degrees include a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. In his free time Matthew loves fly fishing, playing the piano, reading a good work of fiction, and playing board games or watching movies with his wife Jill and daughter Lucia.