CDM’s Youth Ministry Team Facilitator & Pastor of Student and Family Ministries at New City Presbyterian Church
Matt was born and raised in Michigan in a Christian home. While growing up, if the church doors were open the Luchenbill family was there. At about 12 years old he made a profession of faith. However, it wasn’t until about 16 that his faith became his own, as opposed to the faith he grew up with. It was after a Mission Trip to Mexico that he had the first idea of becoming a Youth Pastor. His desire was to see students impacted in the same way he was impacted on that trip.
After graduating from High School, Matt went to Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. While at Covenant he began volunteering in the Youth Ministry at St. Elmo Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN. After a year, he became the part-time Youth Director. While in college he met and married his wife Michelle. He served at St. Elmo Pres. until graduation from college in 1998 with a major in Biblical Studies and a minor in Youth Ministry.
Since graduating from College in 1998, Matt has served as a Youth Director overseeing Jr. and Sr. High ministry in 3 different Presbyterian churches in Georgia and Virginia. In January of 2012, God called him to become the Jhi Pastor at Perimeter Church, just outside of Atlanta, GA. He finished his MDIV through Metro Atlanta Seminary and became a Pastor in 2014. In January 2019 he became the Pastor of Student and Family Ministries at New City Presbyterian in Royal Oak, MI.
Matt and his wife Michelle have 4 children. Andrew and Ashley are at Covenant College, Sarah is in High School, and Emily is in Middle School.
If you can find anything outdoors and sports related, Matt is all in. His favorite hobbies are backpacking, racing in Triathlons, Mountain Biking, and talking about or participating in just about any sport, especially football.
Pastor of Families at Village Seven, Colorado Springs, CO
Having grown up in the Appalachian foothills of Lancaster, PA, Drew enjoys hiking in the forest below Pikes Peak and climbing in the Garden of the Gods. After graduating from high school, Drew ran track and earned a degree in Philosophy at Penn State. With a love for Jesus and a passion for families, he then pursued a Master of Divinity at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he served as Jr. High Director at Kirk of the Hills PCA and married his beautiful bride, Jennifer. In 2004, Drew moved to Miami, FL to work with the youth ministry at Old Cutler PCA where he served for six years before accepting the call to serve the youth and families at Village Seven in Colorado Springs. Drew completed his Doctor of Ministry at Covenant Seminary, focusing on the Fatherhood of God and the doctrine of adoption in 2015. Drew and Jen are the proud parents of their little munchkins: Logan and Olive.
Assistant Pastor of Adult and Student Ministries, Perry Presbyterian Church
Assistant Pastor of Adult and Student Ministries Rev. Glenn Jakes was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the small town of Covington, just east of Atlanta. He and his wife, Norma, met at Dekalb Junior college near Atlanta, and married in 1986. Glenn later graduated from Georgia State University in 1990. He and Norma then joined Mission to the World and joined a church-planting team in Sydney, Australia, living and working there for two years. When that project was complete, he and Norma traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, where they enrolled at Covenant Seminary. After graduating in 1998, Glenn was called as Assistant Pastor to First Presbyterian Church, Dothan, Alabama. Next, he was called as Senior Pastor to First Presbyterian Church, Crossville, Tennessee. In 2004, Glenn was called as Assistant Pastor to Perry Presbyterian Church, Perry, Georgia. Glenn and Norma have three children. Glenn Jakes focuses most of his energy on making a difference with students, missions, discipleship development and music. In addition to these ministries, Glenn is a family-loving, guitar-playing, coffee-sipping, book-reading, dog-petting, beach-bumming, flag-waving follower of Jesus.
Pastor to Student Families at Intown Community Church, Atlanta, GA
Stephen is a visiting instructor at his alma mater, Covenant Theological Seminary, in partnership with the PCA’s NEXT Institute (www.youthministrythinking.com). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The best moments of his live involve hiking in the foothills of Georgia and playing board games with his wife, Krissi, and children Julianna and Judah.