About Matt

God has equipped and shaped me to use my creative and intellectual gifts to bring God’s people into true worship. My mission is to do all I can to see that God’s people are worshiping in spirit and in truth. This means pastoring and discipling teams as well as making music and creating service content. If my focus ever gets off of my personal worship of God and encouraging that kind of worship in others, I have lost sight of that personal vision.

Core Values

  • Innovation
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Inclusive
  • Affirming

References

Gary Selby

Professor of Ministerial Formation
Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University

Gary S. Selby  serves as professor of ministerial formation at Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan. Selby previously worked at Pepperdine University as Pepperdine’s Carl P. Miller Chair of Communication and director of the university’s Center for Faith and Learning where he developed the COMMUNITAS Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in public communication from the University of Maryland and a Master of Theology from Harding University Graduate School of Religion.

Rev. Dan L. Gray, Jr.

Pastor
Addilynn United Methodist Church

Dan is married to Samantha Besecker Gray, and they have three wonderful children, Camille, Luke, and Zaiah. Dan began serving as Pastor in July 2019. He is an ordained Elder and has previously served as Pastor of Chilhowie UMC, Chilhowie, VA, Seven Mile Ford UMC, Marion, VA and Bluff City UMC, Bluff City, TN. Dan is a co-founder of Be The Bridge Bristol, a Christian ministry dedicated to racial reconciliation through small group dialogue and friendship. He has taught courses in philosophy, political science, ethics and law as an adjunct professor at King University and Northeast State Community College. He is a district clergy mentor; serves on the Holston Conference Board of Trustees; and serves on the board of the United Way of Bristol TN/VA. His previous work includes serving as Coordinator of Youth Ministries for the Holston Conference, and as youth minister at Munsey Memorial UMC, Johnson City, TN; First UMC, Bristol, TN (also as young adult minister); and North Raleigh UMC, Raleigh, NC. In addition to serving the local parish, Dan has been active in youth ministry on the district, conference, and denominational levels. Prior to vocational ministry, he practiced law as a trial lawyer in Washington, D.C., and is currently licensed as an attorney there. Dan did some doctoral studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, and has a Masters of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Duke University Divinity School; a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill; and a B.A. in Pre-law with Engineering Emphasis (magna cum laude) from N.C. State University. He was Valedictorian of A.L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, NC, and is an Eagle Scout. Dan enjoys performing in community theatre with his thespian family, hiking, the outdoors, river rocks, bicycling, basketball, soccer, frisbee, blueberries, chocolate, action/adventure movies, travel, church history and apologetics.