MATTHEW S. DIEHL - Senior Pastor
was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I had a previous career prior to
entering ministry. I was a Houston Police Officer for about twelve
coming to Round Top, I was the pastor of a mission (new church plant) for
two years. In addition I was on the staff, serving many roles, at Houston
Baptist University for two about two years. The year prior coming to Round
Top, I served as the Southwest Ministry Representative for the American
Bible Society, New York.
was called by the Lord to serve Round Top Church in December of 1999.
wife, Renee of 37 years, and I have two adult children, Jennifer, (Husband
Kevin) who lives in New Hampshire and Chris (single), who lives in Austin,
as well as an Australian Shepherd, Carmin and Renee’s third child,
“Taffy” a toy Schnauzer. Almost two years ago our daughter Jennifer
signed Renee and I up to the grandparents club with the birth of Eva. My
hobbies include bicycling and many outdoor sports.
training and experience includes a Masters Degree in Theology, a BS in
Political Science and Mass Media with continued experience in public
service since I was twenty-one. I also have recently, in the past four
years, been involved in private business ownership and operations. This
experience has provided great insight into the lives of many in our
community and the challenges people face outside of ministry.
have also served as Election Judge in our community.
and Renee are licensed Realtors, of which Renee has a full-time practice.
a pastor, I pray for the Holy Spirit to work through me to serve His
purposes and His ways
and foremost. I believe God has gifted me with compassion, teaching
pray that the Lord works through me, and all of us,
these gifts to build a Christian Community of Faith. I recognize
is the head and the center of the ministry, not me. My part is to prepare
for serving Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit who is at work in
of our hearts. Prayer, confession, forgiveness, service and spending
time in God's
are essential to all our lives as servants of the Lord. Reaching the lost
and ministering to people,
Jesus does to the Church, is an overall mission of the pastorate.
I view the Church as
containing all born-again believers. This means a person has surrender
their heart (re-birth) to God, thereby living out faith as taught by
Jesus, God our Savior. In today's world the word
"Christian" has many meanings. You cannot have a saving
relationship with God by earning or working your way through manmade
institutions. God’s grace of salvation is surrendered to and not
purchased or merited. We are called to witness to all with God's
proclaimed Word as contained in the Holy Bible, making disciples and
baptizing believers in the name of Jesus Christ. I hope to visit with
SKAGGS - Children's Ministry Director
passion is to share Christ with others. I have experienced, in and through
family and community, Christ's unfailing devotion and love. To those
much has been given, much is required. This is a responsibility that
I do not take
lightly. In a society that has lost sight of Christ as their
first love, God has
impressed on me the great urgency that we turn back to
Him. Throughout my
life God has continued to fill my heart with His great
compassion and love for
our children. As a child advocate in His service,
I continually strive to help
promote and create a healthy environment for our
children to learn and grow in.
I grew up in a home hearing the Gospel
message and understanding that God
must always have first place in our
lives. His unconditional love was the reason
for the Cross and has
been experienced in my life. It is my prayer that His
will touch your life as well.
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