Pastor Matt Meisenhelter was appointed as Senior Pastor at Community UMC in July of 2017. An ordained elder in full connection in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he came to us after nearly a decade in new church planting and growth work in Northern Virginia. Prior to that he served a variety of congregations in Virginia and Pennsylvania where he is originally from. Pastor Matt was appointed here at our congregational leadership’s request for vibrant, energetic leadership to help our church grow larger, grow younger, and grow deeper!
A passionate Christian and dynamic speaker, Pastor Matt’s preaching style seeks to make the timeless message of the Bible clear and relevant to a modern 21st Century audience. His church leadership style is rooted in the Biblical model of doing church in the book of Acts, particularly in Acts chapter 6 where the lay Christians are empowered and equipped for mission and ministry in the church and in the world!
Matt is a summa cum laude graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a magna cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. Matt is married to Sarah who works as a special education teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. They are the parents of two boys, Max and Sammy, as well as the adoptive parents of Leroy, their rescue dog!