Plan on joining us for Worship 4:24 Conference on January 28-29, 2022. Co-sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and Cedarville University Department of Music and Worship, this conference is designed to equip and encourage worship leaders, musicians, bands, praise teams, and tech crews to be effective worship leaders.
Matt Papa - Invitation
Matt Merker - Invitation
FEATURING MATT PAPA
Matt Papa is as likely to quote G.K. Chesterton in casual conversation as he is to describe himself as a “weird dude.” He is a delightful combination of gifted musician and songwriter, loving husband, father, and inquisitive theologian. And with all those roles and attributes, he remains ever-focused on a singular goal: to help people see the beauty and glory of Jesus.
The past few years for Matt, his wife Lauren and their four children have been shifting sands to say the least. They uprooted from North Carolina, where their family began, then lived in Georgia for a year before settling in Nashville.
“Probably ten or more years ago I announced a little ‘never’... I will never move to Nashville,” says Papa from his home just outside of the music city where he is building a studio. “I’m convinced we start ourselves on a magnetic path toward whatever that thing is that mystifies us, scares us, annoys us, and ultimately awaits us.”
Papa, a veteran of record deals with nine albums under his belt, finds himself in a new season of life - as an indie artist (again) who is now mentoring other worship leaders and songwriters, and listening for the call of God on his life while continuing to write the songs and hymns that are inspired from his life’s pursuit.