Matt Vaughan is the regional director for Youth Ministry Institute Midwest. Matt previously served as a youth minister for over 18 years at three churches with varied memberships of 350 to 4,500 members. He began his career at at United Methodist church and most recently served a Presbyterian church. Matt received theological education from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and was later certified as a school teacher by the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas. Matt and his wife, Amy, live in Prairie Village, Kansas with their two sons. When they are not at a basketball game or tennis match, they yearn to hike, camp, or ski in Colorado and Arizona. Matt also teaches, consults, and coaches for YMI Midwest.
Matt Vaughan loves college basketball, mountaintops, and fresh-baked cookies. He also loves youth ministry, serving as the volunteer youth minister at Village Presbyterian Church on Antioch, a new church plant in the Kansas City area. He was raised and baptized at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. His mom is a retired United Methodist pastor, and her parishioners often hired Matt to work on their farms when he was a teenager.
Matt spent the majority of his ministry career at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, serving for twelve years as its youth minister. Fun fact: 17 of Matt's former students and interns have responded to a call to ministry by going on to seminary to become pastors, and many are now ordained.
Matt and Amy have been married for 20 years, and they have two boys in 7th and 11th grades. Matt has an architecture degree from the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks!), taught in urban Kansas City with Teach for America, and served two decades in youth ministry at four congregations. Matt currently leads Youth Ministry Institute Midwest as its director and framer and teaches at Saint Paul School of Theology. Matt barely passes as a guitar player, but he can ski expert slopes and enjoys tinkering with cars.