Last Week's Sermon
Strangers and Friends
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
A Reading from the Gospel of John: Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip …
Senior PastorEmail 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