Pastor Matt DeSmidt

Pastor Matt DeSmidt

Onawa Campus Pastor, Frontiers Church

Matt DeSmidt has been in full-time ministry since 2005 and joined the Morningside team in 2019. Matt grew up in Morningside and was heavily involved in youth, graduating from East High in 2001. Matt went to Evangel University, graduating with his B.A. in Biblical Studies in 2005. While serving as Lead Pastor in RiverzEdge Church in Sioux City from 2013-2017 he also received his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Matt met his wife, Jenn, at youth camp in 6th grade and were finally married in November 2012. They have three children, 2 boys and 1 girl; Reuben, Declan, and Emery. Matt and Jenn are thrilled to be partnering with MAG to launch our first ever multisite campus, in Onawa, IA at Frontiers Church!

Fun Facts About Matt

Favorite Scripture
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19 NLT

Favorite Authors
Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley, John Maxwell, Patrick Lencioni, Ken Follett, Frank Peretti

Regular Starbuck’s Order
Iced Dirty Chai Latte, extra shot of espresso

Hobbies
Tennis, watching sports, laughing with friends, hanging with my family

Favorite Sports Teams
Iowa Hawkeyes

Favorite Vacation Spots
Anywhere with a good beach around the Gulf, Caribbean, or Mediterranean

Favorite Movies
A Few Good Men, Good Will Hunting, Godfather 2, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dark Knight, Marvel movies, Saving Private Ryan, We Were Soldiers, Last Castle, The Count of Monte Cristo, Apollo 13

Favorite Foods
Smoked barbecue, Wings, Steak, Cheeseburger, and anything with Chick-Fil-A sauce