Rev. Matt Schaeffer
"Pastor Matt" was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960. His family moved south in 1967 and he grew up in rural Virginia (a little town outside a little town called Tappahannock). He earned his B.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in 1982, then worked in many different fields in many different places including Seattle, Washington, Seoul, South Korea, and Long Island prior to responding to God's call to parish ministry. He earned an M.A. in Special Education from City College in 2005 and received his Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary in 2010. Since then he has served Bethel United Methodist Church in Staten Island. thereafter. His hobbies include music, reading, writing, and watching old films. He and his lovely wife Hyesun live with their son James who recently graduated from college.