Matt Heisler was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he developed an appetite for bratwurst and cheese curds, and a love for frigid winters and snowball fights. Oregon has been home for Matt, though, since 2000, when a job transfer brought his dad and the rest of the Heisler family to Sherwood. Though the Midwest accent comes out from time to time ("don't ya know"), Matt considers himself an Oregonian.
Matt first heard about Resonate from his friend Aaron Harper. He and his wife, Grace, started attending regularly in spring 2015 and have called Resonate home ever since.
Matt grew up in the Church and has sensed the call of Christ since a young age. He volunteered in youth ministry settings from high school on and directed a high school ministry after graduating college.
Matt's path to vocational ministry was a winding one, including stints working "crush" at a winery, as a bank teller, in a special education classroom working with elementary aged-children, and working with at-risk teenage boys in a group home. In the Fall of 2014, Matt began the process of pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology and, after being accepted in Spring 2015, was set to move to Los Angeles with his wife Grace. However, he felt a distinct prompting toward ministry - after prayer and discerning with close friends and mentors, Matt and Grace decided to stay in Oregon and Matt entered seminary.
Matt directs Compassion Ministries at Resonate, which include relationships with Just Compassion, HomePDX, and Good Neighbor Center. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside the women and men who make up the Resonate community. He is passionate about fleshing out the Good News of Christ in connecting with and serving others.
Outside of Resonate, Matt manages Symposium Tigard, where he loves to engage with staff and customers and help provide a genuine space to connect. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Grace and with good friends, reading books (currently working through The Dark Tower series by Stephen King), a good cup of coffee, playing pick up soccer during the summer, and going to concerts. If all of that can happen in a day, Matt is a very happy guy.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, George Fox University
Master of Divinity, Portland Seminary (in progress)