Matt Friedeman is married to the former Mary Boardman of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Together, they are raising six children.
A Kansas native, he has lived in the Jackson area since 1987 and still serves primarily as the Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship at Wesley Biblical Seminary. He has been active in the Jackson media as a columnist for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, radio talk show host on American Family Radio and television commentator. He received his education from the University of Kansas (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He is the author of several books, a children's catechism and currently serves as the Senior Pastor at DaySpring Community Church in Clinton, MS
Matt's hometown is Great Bend, Kansas. The Lord found him in a house church there and the Lord deepened that commitment during his years at the University of Kansas. Matt attended Kansas on a track and field scholarship. From there he arrived at Asbury Seminary and had his life significantly shaped by Allan Coppedge and the Barnabas Foundation (a discipleship ministry) and served on staff with him there. Matt went back to Kansas and received a Ph.D. in education before traveling to Mississippi where he has served as professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary since 1987.
As part of his church ministry Matt participates weekly in prison and pro-life ministries. He lifts weights, blogs and enjoys reading in the other seven free minutes he has per week.