grew up in small town West Michigan where his
faith was nurtured in a non-denominational country church.
After sensing God's call to ministry at a Bible camp as a teen, he
pursued every ministry opportunity he
could find, including touring music ministries, open-air evangelism and preaching, Fellowship of Christian Students, and church internships.
To get training for full-time Christian service, he
attended Briercrest Bible College
in Saskatchewan, Canada, where he
earned a BA in Pastoral Ministries and met his
They married in 1991 after graduation and moved to Colorado, where Matthew served Mountain View Baptist Church in Lafayette as Associate Pastor for 9½ years.
In response to Erie's rapid growth and the need for healthy churches, Matthew
and Pam planted Life Song Church
in the summer of 2000.
He served as the Pastor for Life Song Church for 13 years.
In 2010, Matthew earned his MA in Christian Studies at Rivendell College in Boulder.
The Boardwells keep very busy keeping up with their 9 Colorado natives, Ben, Nathanael, Zachary, Jonnavin, Katelynn, Jilliann, Adam, Zephani and Harmony.