Matt and Jenn Irvine
Matt and Jenn and their three children (Malachi, b. Jan 2004, Arielle, b. Dec 2005, Luke b. May 2010) have lived in London, UK since 2001. Matt serves as a church planter and team leader of a WHM team, which alongside of other local leaders, partners, and friends, is seeking to grow up a local community of Jesus-followers that both lives out and shares the Good News of Jesus in a way that is culturally understandable and meaningful in a multicultural, mostly British South Asian neighbourhood. He also continues to work on a part-time distance theological graduate studies through Reformed Theological Seminary. Jenn’s main role at present, is keeping up with three little kids, though she helps and supports the community of Jesus followers in many, many important ways.
Matt grew up in Ephrata, PA, while Jenn grew up in Phelps, NY. They both attended Cornell University, where Matt studied History and Jenn studied Communications. They did not meet at Cornell (though Jenn did meet Jesus there!) During university, as Matt grew in his own understanding of Jesus’ love for him, he almost immediately (and most unexpectedly) began to sense God calling him to share the love of Jesus with others as his primary vocation, first just in general and then cross culturally. A Bible verse that grabbed him during this time and has stuck with him is 1 Timothy 1:15-16, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” Upon graduation Matt went for several years to serve and learn with a WHM team and community of Jesus followers based in London. Later, while working as an computer programmer/IT consultant in NYC, Jenn went with her church to London for a week of volunteer service where she met Matt. They were married in 2000.
Matt and Jenn both enjoy spending time out with friends or having them over for dinner. Matt likes to do sport (or at least the *thought* of doing sport). Jenn also enjoys photography, keeping in touch with friends via Facebook, and all things creative. They both like to read books and watch films and as a family enjoy going for walks and exploring new places.
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