MATTHEW MAHER - Teaching Pastor
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Matthew has been on the soccer field, Pro. He has been behind the prison wall, Con. Now he is back from the grave of failure to instigate integrity, inspire conscience, and influence conduct (learn more at www.themattmaherstory.com). Matthew and his beautiful wife, Sarah, reside in Ocean City, NJ. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a BS in BA; however, upon completion of his education, Matthew was a 1st round draft pick to play professional soccer, where he did so for the next three seasons. He came to Coastal as the Team Leader of Student Ministries in March of 2015 and began teaching our Thursday night service consistently in September of 2015.
THE HARD QUESTIONS:
My favorite Bible character is: Joseph. He went through so much, from a pit to a prison to eventually a palace; but never becoming bitter, only better. Joseph essentially suffered successfully, and he knew that the God he served would work his whole life together for the good, and for His glory.
If I had a different job it would be: an undercover detective in a major city.
Trademark saying: U MAY B THE ONLY BIBLE SOMEBODY READS (1st published book by 55:11 Publishing, available on Amazon.com)
No one knows I still: let’s keep it that way! LOL!
Best advice I could give a young person: Do not devalue the things God has given you, for whatever you devalue you will eventually lose.
My childhood ambition was: to become a pro soccer player, following in one of my older brother’s footsteps.
My idea of a perfect day is: the sun shining bright and its heat in full effect; poolside, with good company. (Or a much better day, when Jesus comes back!)
My favorite food is: Chinese food; Kung Pao Chicken.
My life verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
My favorite hobby: working out.
What’s in my CD player/iPod: Casting Crowns, East to West.
My ideal vacation spot is: the Bahamas.
My biggest challenge is: dying to myself daily.
A transforming experience was: navigating my tragedy and the isolation of my incarceration, by God’s grace alone.
DAN NOBLE - Staff Team Leader
Dan and his wife, Karen, and their children, Ben and Paige, moved to Egg Harbor Township in the summer of 2010. After 17 years of teaching in Christian Schools, Dan joined the Coastal staff in the summer of 2014. He is a 1997 graduate of Cairn University.
THE HARD QUESTIONS:
My favorite bible character is: Abraham. To have the faith, of laying his son on an altar, wow!
If I had a different job it would be: working as a 1st Mate on a boat located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Trademark saying: none really, especially not "golly jeepers!"
No one knows I still: dream of working with Coach K. at Duke University.
Best advice I could give a young person: Don’t let pride get in the way of what God wants to do in your life.
My childhood ambition was: to be a professional athlete, and after teaching P.E. for 17 years, I will argue that I achieved that goal.
My idea of a perfect day is: watching the sunrise as I cross the 34th Street bridge, a morning of fishing on "MayDay ’51," pulling the boat up on Strathmere Point to join family and friends in games. Then cooking the day's catch on the beach as we watch the sunset.
My favorite food is: fresh flounder cooked on the beach!
My life verse is: Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”
My favorite hobby is: spending time on the beach with Karen and the kids; also, splitting firewood.