Last Week's Sermon
Before We Begin: The Creation
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
A Reading from Genesis In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. …
Matt Gaventa is senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, and previously served as pastor to Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Virginia, and as chaplain to Sweet Briar College. Matt is an acclaimed writer and preacher whose work has been featured in Working Preacher, on the Day1 Sermon Broadcast, and in The Christian Century, for whom he co-hosts the podcast Technicolor Jesus. Matt holds degrees from Georgetown University, the University of Iowa, and Princeton Theological Seminary, and is the is the 2012 recipient of the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. He currently lives in Austin with his wife Sarah and their son Charlie.Email Matt Gaventa
John was raised in Houston, Texas and has been a life long Presbyterian.
His calling into ministry began when he was a high school student and has since dedicated his life and work helping students understand their place in God’s world. John graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry and after marrying his wife, Krystal, in 2006, moved to Austin and completed a Master’s of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2011.
John was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry at UPC in December of 2011. John cares passionately about Christian education, worship and liturgical ministry, and the ancient spiritual disciplines – especially walking the Labyrinth. When he is not up at UPC hanging out with youth, he enjoys camping, playing the bagpipes, traveling the world, and spending time with his wife and daughter Lorelai.Email John Leedy
Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry
Krystal is a life-long Texan, and cares deeply about faith matters for college students and young adults.
Krystal has known that she wanted to be a minister since the latter part of high school, and has earned a B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University as well as a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In the past, Krystal has worked as a chaplain and at Mo-Ranch.
Krystal came to University Presbyterian Church at the start of her time in seminary, and feels a deep connection to the congregation here. The worship, the music, and people make this church such a supportive and wonderful family. Her church interests lie in community-building, pastoral care for college students and young adults, worship, and preaching. When Krystal is not at church or having a chai tea with a college student, she is usually at home with her husband, John, laughing with her daughter, Lorelai, playing with her dog, Cricket, cross-stitching, or playing the djembe.Email Krystal Leedy