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Our Founder

Over 24 years of ministry service as a deacon, youth pastor, and senior pastor, Matt Parker has carried a vision of building disciples. It has been his passion to bring systematic life-on-life and group discipleship to the local church as we train up the next generation of servant leaders. After serving as pastor of Martin's Mill Baptist Church for ten years, he and the elders led the congregation to dissolve and unify with a nearby sister church, The Bridge Fellowship, where he serves as the Discipleship Coordinator and has helped implement a church-wide discipleship program reaching young and old.

The Crucible’s Fire is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing and providing discipleship materials, training, and encouragement to the church. If you would like more information on how The Crucible's Fire can help you and your church implement a systematic approach to training disciples, please Contact us. We would love to help! We can help you develop branded versions of the curriculum to fit your specific church needs.

Matt currently serves as a Software Engineer, but has also served as an educator with his wife Tammy. They have four biological children, three adopted children, one grandchild, and continue to serve as foster parents for the Department of Family and Protective Services. He believes the most effective way to build disciples is to open your heart and your home for those who need it most. 

Since "retiring" from active pastoral ministry, Matt has found time to write and develop publications and materials to encourage and train new and seasoned believers alike. His first book is called The Crucible's Fire: A Story of God’s Faithfulness and chronicles the ups, downs, twists, and turns of raising a child with special needs. Brynna, their youngest daughter, was born with significant challenges and hardships. The book tells the story of God's faithfulness through her first decade of life as He used her weaknesses to show His strength to the entire family and beyond. Visit our book page for links to purchase your copy in our online store, on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Follow his Amazon author page for up-to-date information on future publications and release of new Disciplemaking material.

Matt also authors our blog, The Crucible’s Fire where he shares encouraging stories of being a foster/adoptive and special needs parent and Biblical teaching to help you in your walk as a disciple of Jesus. Subscribe now!


and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
— 2 Timothy 2:2