Matt Kelley

MATT KELLEY

 

CTI 14:21
Team Leader, Sound Tech

 

Birthday: June 19

Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Favorite Bible Passage: Romans 8

Influential Music: Coldplay, Mayday Parade, CCM, and any type of pop

Favorite Movie: Sharknado, Fight Club, Captain Phillips

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

Hobbies: I love playing music, going to coffee shops, being with friends, and trying new things!

 

Matt recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Biology. He really enjoys playing the piano and experimenting with new sounds with his midi keyboard. Currently, his goal is to pursue a career in audio engineering after his time with CTI, but he is open to whatever God has for him!

Matt’s Blog Posts

Ten Things I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are currently in Michigan celebrating Thanksgiving with Will’s family. In the spirit of Thanksgiving I want to list ten things that I am thankful for this year. Here we go!

  1. Jesus’s sacrificial death and resurrection in order to restore our relationship with God. Without this, there would be no reason to live, let alone devote a year of my life to music ministry. God has given us purpose and hope in the midst of a broken world.
  2. Amazing teammates. I deeply love each one of my teammates so much. I could totally write blog after blog about how awesome they are and how dedicated they are to pushing our mission forward. Not only are they great teammates, but they have become incredible, caring, fun-loving friends that I will have for a lifetime.
  3. Music. I don’t know what more to say about this one. Music is such an amazing blessing from God, and it’s even more amazing that He’s given me an opportunity to serve Him with it.
  4. Venues. We wouldn’t have anywhere to play if we didn’t have people book us to come! We have been able to partner with some amazing ministries recently (specifically churches, juvenile detention centers, and rescue missions) in their efforts to make the Gospel known. I’m thankful for the hard work each person in those ministries puts in each day and thankful that they allowed us to be a part of that.
  5. Hosts. Let me tell you – hosts are astonishing. The fact that they are willing to open up their homes, feed to incredibly tasty food, and include you in their lives for a bit always blows my mind. They have been some of the most generous people I’ve met and they inspire me everyday.
  6. Our van and trailer. If you’ve been following our blogs then you probably know that our van and trailer has been slightly less that cooperative with us over the past tour. Despite this, I am still greatly thankful for both of them. They function well and they enable us to get from point A to point B and continue doing the ministry that we do.
  7. The CTI Office Staff. We would be in over our heads with work to do if we didn’t have the office staff in Willmar. I am so thankful for all of the work they do in order for us to be able to do ministry with as few hurdles as possible.
  8. Days off. I got to sleep in today. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.
  9. My supporters.   It can be scary to do ministry everyday, but I know that I have so many people back at home and around the world supporting me and praying for me everyday. I am so thankful for the ways God uses them to provide for me through prayer, finances, and encouragement. I’m thankful for my family and all the ways they support me as well. Hi Mom!
  10. My soundboard. I signed up to be a sound tech from the very beginning. I’ve loved it, but part of me really has wanted to be on stage. However, as I’ve learned more and more the techniques behind teching and how to do it artistically, I’ve loved being off stage and supporting the band from behind the scenes. It’s been such a joy to be able to do that and I’m loving it more and more everyday.

So there we go! Ten things that I am thankful for on tour. This definitely just scratches the surface of everything that I’m thankful for, but I hope it gets you in the Thanksgiving spirit today! I’d encourage you to take time to reflect on ways you can be thankful and thank God for those things.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Matt

Driven to Humility

Hey everyone!

We are temporarily back in Willmar to play at a local Christian school, but we’re just about half way done Training Tour!  God has done so much in the past two weeks, and I can’t wait to see what He’s going to continue to do over the next two weeks.

I’ve learned a lot so far during the past few weeks.  Perhaps one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding of which is driving this smooth ride right below…

Yup.  That’s our van and trailer!  This van will eventually take us thousands of miles across the US and Canada, and I’ve received the honor of being able to help drive it this year.

If you’ve ever driven a van and trailer before, then you know it’s not exactly like driving a normal car.  I normally drive a VW Jetta, so this was a huge step up for me.  Despite this, David taught me well and I felt like I got the hang of it pretty quickly!

Honestly, I was pretty proud of myself.  I thought things like, “Wow. I can back into a spot with no one spotting me! I’m the best driver ever!”  Without even realizing it, I became prideful about my driving.

The thing is, you don’t really realize how prideful you are until that pride is stripped away from you.  There have been multiple times where I have (literally) been backed into a corner and revealed just how prideful I was.  Whether it was trying to back into a strange angled spot or not knowing how to back out of a parking lot, I have consistently been shown how prideful I am throughout these past two weeks.

I’ve recently been reading Philippians 2 and I’ve been struck by Jesus’s humility:

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

-Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)

Although God was so good at everything in the world, that He basically invented it (because He did), He chose to become limited like us.  He chose to become a servant to imperfect humans like you and me who fail every day.  He served us even to the point of death on a cross.  That’s humility.

He did it so that He could have a restored relationship with you.

I don’t know about you, but this drives me to be more humble like Jesus.  I want to challenge you right now to consider ways in your life that you might be lacking in humility.  Pray and take them to Jesus, and I am confident that He will help you become more humble like Him.