Matt came to Living Hope Fellowship in April of 2011. He’s glad to be back in his hometown.
He was senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church from 1999 to 2011. In 2001, he helped launch what became North Valley Christian Schools. Matt also helped start a residence for the elderly in 2002, WestHaven Assisted Living.
A violinist, Matt performs with the North State Symphony and appears regularly in the Bach Festival at CSU, Chico. He has written for Christian News Northwest and Discipleship Journal. Kregel published his first novel, Fallen (2008), and his book on evangelism, The Diversity Culture (2009). He blogs at Tritone Life, commenting on theology, the arts, and contemporary issues. Matt graduated with his Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Christianity and the Arts (2017).
Matt married his wife Bridget in 1992, and they have two boys, Dylan and Malcolm. They all enjoy hanging out at the coast, taking long walks, and watching Phineas and Ferb.
Pastor of Christian Ed. & Outreach
Heath was born in Chico and has called Paradise home for most of his life. He married his wife Megan in 2008 and they have two children together: their son Elias (2013) and daughter Charlie (2015). Heath graduated from CSU, Chico in 2003 with a degree in Media Arts and a certificate in Outdoor Education. He received his M.Div at the Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, CA, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2017. Heath loves backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering, photography, woodworking and fish tacos.
Director of Operations
Chris grew up in Chico and graduated from Western Oregon University in 1998. He was a manager at ServiceMaster for twelve years helping people recover from flooding and fires in their homes. He came to Living Hope Fellowship in 2011. He has written for alternative newspapers and Videomaker, and he publishes poetry on Medium. Chris and his wife Lori have two boys, Graham and Braeden, who love skating, biking, and basketball.
Laurie moved from the Los Angeles area to Chico in 1992. She became a member of Living Hope Fellowship (then Chico Grace Brethren) in 2011 and joined our staff in 2014. She serves as a deaconess and loves studying the Bible. She has two adult children, a grandson, and many pets. She and her husband Paul share a love of writing, art, and literature.
It is our sad duty to report that Max died of cancer on March 7, 2019. Max had been with Living Hope Fellowship for over three years as our de facto greeter, night watchman, and general schmoozer. Whenever we were having a bad day we could say hello to Max in the parking lot and he would put a smile on our faces.