our lead pastor

matt enzler

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Matt Enzler was exposed to numerous churches and communities growing up as his family frequently moved because of his father’s job in government.  Matt first became involved in the United Methodist denomination as a high school student in Herndon, Virginia where he participated in Methodist Youth Fellowship programs and developed a passion for mission outreach. 

 

During college, Matt continued his involvement in mission programs and Christian fellowship programs, which began to clarify his call to lifelong ministry.👨‍🎓

After college, Matt entered law school and then began his professional career as a lawyer and eventually as an assistant prosecutor near Spokane, Washington.⚖  

 

As an assistant prosecutor, Matt attempted to find ways to combat the issues of drug abuse and mental illness that affected so many of those that he encountered in the criminal justice system.  During this time, he remained very active in his local church, leading small groups, youth softball, and various outreach ministries.  Immediately prior to coming to NJ to obtain his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, Matt worked in a soup kitchen in Spokane, which solidified his call to full-time ministry.

 

Beginning July of 2017, Matt served as pastor of Titusville United Methodist Church in New Jersey located near Washington Crossing State Park. Over a 24 month appointment, Matt at Titusville, the congregation grew in vitality and in numbers.  His work as a prosecutor informs his faith, especially in the aspects of grace and forgiveness and his ministry shows a willingness to reach out to the community and work with people of all walks of life, and lead them to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Matt Joined Bishop Janes United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor on July 1, 2019.  Under Matt's supervision, the church has undergone substantial changes, as it plots a path towards a healthy and vital, mission focused future.  The church has been moving from a staff-led model to a volunteer led model, while working hard to ensure each ministry program is streamlined to maximize efficiency and impact.  Matt's preaching is a highlight of his ministry, helping the congregation to know the bible in a holistic manner, and understand their relationship with God in a more personal and intimate way.

During the Covid Pandemic, Matt led the charge, never missing a worship service, making our church a virtual community.  Through various means, the church was able to thrive through connection both within the church community and beyond, as we rediscovered what it meant to be a "church community."  As we move out of the pandemic, we remain committed to providing hybrid services, events, and ministries, to be more accessible to all persons, no matter their ability to come to us physically.

For more information on Pastor Matt, or Bishop Janes UMC, contact him at:

Pastor.Matt@bjumc.org