A Conversation With New TES Faculty Member, Dr. Matt Waymeyer
Dr. Waymeyer serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter Florida, one of our seven campus locations. After graduating from The Master’s Seminary and being ordained at Grace Community Church in 2003, he became the pastor of Community Bible Church in Vista, California, where he served for the next seven years. Matt began teaching as an adjunct professor at TMS in 2010, and from 2011 to 2015 he taught full-time as Instructor of New Testament and Bible Exposition. He completed his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at TMS before joining the faculty of The Expositors Seminary in the summer of 2015. He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 20 years, and have five children: Jessica, Caleb, Courtney, Jacob, and Zachary.
Below is a brief conversation we had with Dr. Waymeyer about seminary training.
Question: “Matt, what is it about providing an M.Div. education in the context of a local church that excites you the most?
Matt: “What excites me most is that training men in the context of the local church allows us not only to instruct them in the classroom but also to serve alongside them on the frontlines of pastoral ministry. When I was in seminary, so much of what prepared me for the pastorate was the personal influence of Rick Holland, a faithful pastor who mentored and trained me as we served together in ministry over the course of six years. After graduation I went on to pastor my own church. I found that the biblical instruction and faithful example I received from Rick were just as critical as the truths I had learned in the seminary classroom. The opportunity to have that same kind of influence on the lives and ministries of these young men is an incredible privilege.
Question: “It seems inevitable that persecution toward Christians is only going to increase in the days ahead; in light of that, what do you anticipate for the future of seminary education?
Matt: “If persecution in America continues to rise, the true church will be strengthened and purified, which should increase the devotion and effectiveness of those seminaries which stay the course. The most critical question, then, is whether or not a given seminary will remain committed to the authority of Scripture. Some will undoubtedly compromise and abandon their devotion to biblical truth, choosing instead to capitulate to the so-called tolerance of today’s unbelieving culture. But for those seminaries which remain faithful to the Word regardless of the repercussions, the future will provide an unprecedented opportunity to train men to preach the Gospel in a generation marked by its rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The need for faithful seminary training has never been greater, which makes this an exciting time for ministries like TES.”
Question: “If you could sum up in one sentence what you look forward to the most now that you have joined the faculty of TES, what would that be?”
Matt: “I'm anticipating the opportunity not only to train men for pastoral ministry but also to be sharpened and sanctified through the godly influence of the other pastors serving here on the faculty of TES.”
Dr. Waymeyer will be serving alongside our seven campus pastors, their respective elders and staff, as well as our Administrative and Academic Deans, Bob Whitney and Dr. George Zemek.
If you are a student looking to receive a quality academic education, while at the same time learning how to use your training in the context of a local church, please contact Bob Whitney in our seminary office to see which one of our seven locations would best meet your needs. We are not interested in training just “academics”, but rather churchmen, who are true shepherds following after the Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are a regular supporter, or prayer warrior for our ministry, we want to extend a special word of appreciation to you for your prayers and support of what God is doing at TES. Our ministry of training men would not be possible without you- thank you!