Although Matt & Heather both come from very different parts of the U.S., they have come to call Birmingham, AL home. Both were raised in Christian families and became excited about the idea of serving the Lord internationally well before their departure to Thailand. In the last five years prior to their departure, they lived and served as youth pastors in Fairfield, AL for four of those years. Besides leading the active youth group, Heather taught high school orchestra at an inner-city school and Matt served with another ministry as a carpenter. They both have a passion for youth and watching the truth of Christ take hold in a life.
In August of 2013 they both enrolled at Moody theological seminary in Chicago, IL and began a master’s program in intercultural studies. They, along with 5 other Avant missionaries, landed in Thailand on January 8th and are excited to be in Thailand and see what the Lord is doing here.