In 2003, the Rev. Daniel P. Matthews, Jr. accepted a call to become the rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA. A gifted preacher and teacher, Dan has an empathic disposition and abiding interest in people. Before his call to the ministry, Dan studied psychology at the University of the South at Sewanee and worked with adolescents in crisis. He planned a life in counseling, but the call to ministry set him on a new course.
A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Dan has previously served as rector at St. Paul's in Kingsport, TN; assistant at St. Mark's in Jacksonville, Florida; and, as a deacon and then curate at St. Paul's in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Dan and his wife Sarah have two children, Daniel III, who is in college, and Catie, who is in middle school. Dan is the enthusiastic leader of The Parson's Pickers, a bluegrass ensemble that performs for non-profit and church fund raisers.
In the world in which you and I live, we love to debate beginnings. At what point, our culture has often debated, does a fetus become a child? Is it at the moment of conception, as some argue, or perhaps it's at the point at which a fetus can survive outside the mother, or maybe it's the point at which the heart begins to beat?Read full transcript...