The Rev. Matthew Gaventa

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: University Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX

Matt Gaventa is senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, and previously served as pastor to Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Virginia, and as chaplain to Sweet Briar College.

Matt is an acclaimed writer and preacher whose work has been featured in Working Preacher, on the Day1 Sermon Broadcast, and in The Christian Century, for whom he co-hosts the podcast Technicolor Jesus.

Matt holds degrees from Georgetown University, the University of Iowa, and Princeton Theological Seminary, and was the 2012 recipient of the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He currently lives in Austin with his wife Sarah and their son Charlie.



Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Matthew Gaventa

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Matthew Gaventa: Best Position Player

Tuesday November 15, 2022
Here's the gospel, Matt Gaventa says: More than it ever has, the world needs a church that moves. Because Jesus is on the move, and he always has been. And you can't follow Jesus by standing still.

Matt Gaventa: Home Repair 101

Tuesday October 23, 2018
The Rev. Matt Gaventa says the last chapter of the book of Job is not the ending we want, but maybe it's the ending we need. Even in its abruptness, and even though it feels as though it's duct-taped on to the rest of the book, there's something refreshingly honest about these verses, something honest about what it is to have faith.

Opening Day

Tuesday April 02, 2013
In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Matthew Gaventa focuses on Peter's message in Acts 5:27-32, and shows us that Easter gives us a fresh perspective toward the wounds and grudges we hold on to, if we let it.