Today I am beginning a series of podcasts on the family integrated church movement as I talk with OPC Pastor Shawn Mathis. Please feel free to join the conversation in the comment section. If you are new to this blog, I hope you will also read the series of articles I wrote on the family integrated church movement. Please feel free to comment on those here as well. I am also including links to a few articles recommended by Pastor Mathis.
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Born in Spartanburg, SC, Shawn Mathis was raised in a military home. In 1979 his family moved to Colorado, became Christians and joined a local Charismatic church. After graduation, he joined the Air Force, read Banner of Truth and discovered a book labeled, Ten Points of Calvinism. After an honorable discharge in 1994 he found the author of that book and attended Providence OPC. There his life was challenged by preaching, by friends, and especially by his lovely wife-to-be who challenged his charismatic ways. Over time, others in the church recognized God’s gifts and nominated him for deacon, then ruling elder. Finally, Dr. Coppes brought Shawn under his godly and learned wings, mentoring him for the ministry. Pastor Mathis has preached at various churches in the Denver metro area and other cites in Colorado. He also writes as the Denver area Christian writer for a national news source. He tutors homeschoolers in critical thinking, apologetics and early American history and Bible and theology.