Pastor Matthew Kirkpatrick

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Matthew Kirkpatrick & Family
Matthew Kirkpatrick & Family
Lead Pastor

Pastor Matthew took over as Lead Pastor at Zanesville Northside Church of the Nazarene in December of 2023. Matthew has previously served in a variety of church roles including Associate & Youth Pastor and is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He also serves in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Chaplain. Matthew is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelors in Youth Ministry (2012) and a Masters of Divinity (2019). In addition to the degrees earned at Olivet, Matthew met his wife while attending the university. Kris and he were married in 2012 and have journeyed with God together ever since, bringing 3 wonderful children into the world, Dean, Oliver, & Quinn. The whole Kirkpatrick family loves to spend time together, playing games, going for walks, and building new relationships.

Why Choose Us?

In this day of such rapid change and uncertainty, people the world over are searching for something that is unchanging, and sure. God's Word tells us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). In an era that offers little stability and hope, people long for the promise of permanence and hope.

The message of the Church of the Nazarene, God's Message, offers that ray of lasting hope and assurance. It is available to all who will receive Him as Lord and Savior. I am excited, as is the entire ministry team, to have opportunity to share this message of hope with all who worship with us.

Thank God for an unchanging Gospel, and a faith that can stand up to our every challenge!"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost" (Romans 15:13).

We Are A Holiness People

God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including "entire sanctification" and "baptism with the Holy Spirit"-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.

We Are A Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
We Are A Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in affirming the historic Trinitarian creeds and beliefs of the Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.