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The Reverend Matt Gaventa
Genesis 37:1-11, 18-28

A Reading from the Book of Genesis Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding …

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Pastoral Staff

Matt Gaventa

Senior Pastor

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.

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John Leedy

Associate Pastor

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 he has since dedicated his work in Christian Formation to helping people of all ages explore their relationship with God. 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 is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry Degree at Austin Seminary and is a Benedictine Oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey.

John was ordained and installed as an Associate Pastor at UPC in December of 2011. John cares passionately about teaching, recreational and liturgical ministry, sacred art, and the ancient spiritual disciplines. He also enjoys camping, playing the bagpipes, traveling the world, and spending time with his wife and his daughter Lorelai.

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Karen Greif

Parish Associate

Drawn by the warmth of this church family, I joined UPC in 1980 and was encouraged to consider a call to ministry. I enrolled at Austin Seminary in 1989 and served as a seminary intern at UPC my senior year. In 1992, I accepted a call as Associate Pastor at Hope Presbyterian. The focus of my ministry was pastoral care. My husband Bill and I founded an Austin-based ministry in which survivors support cancer patients and their families.  continues this ministry under the able direction of Linda Richards. I am both humbled and excited to have been invited to join UPC as Parish Associate. I pray for God’s guidance and blessing upon us all in our service to Christ together as a family of faith.
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