How does someone go from Drill Sergeant to Youth Minister? Matt probably doesn’t know either but after 3 years of playing football at West Point and a bad shoulder injury, he found himself back home in Lansing finishing his degree at MSU and directing Holt Campus Life for Lansing Youth for Christ. After 9 months into his ministry career Matt realized that God’s call to was to HIS Army and Matt has been in full time ministry ever since.
Matt served at Lansing YFC for 10 years also developing student leader curriculum and supervising both paid staff and volunteers. In 1999 Matt married and Jodi. Jodi has a degree in educational ministries and also served on YFC staff for 10 years. After Jake was born in 2005 they trekked to Saginaw where Matt served as Executive Director for Great Lakes Bay YFC until 2013.
Cristin and Zach joined the Coppess Crew in 2006 and 2009 respectively. After brief detour through Alabama, Matt took on a church role as Pastor of Family Ministries in Brooklyn, MI where Matt successfully introduced Orange strategy and curriculum. Matt has a passion for reaching youth and families with Christ’s love and developing leaders and teams to do the same.
When Matt is not neck deep in ministry Matt, Jodi, Jake (12), Cristin (11), & Zach (8) are enjoying sports, especially football, or exploring the outdoors…Matt is one of those obsessive hunter types.