Matthew Hippely, with the assistance of volunteers, heads up all aspects of Craig Christian Church youth life. With the help of many team members, Matt runs every age of youth from children’s church to our young adult groups. Matt and his wife Shandi have three daughters (two already out of the nest) and one son, and are currently fostering another child. The Hippely’s have one grandson (little Mikey) and will quickly be willing to show off photos when asked!

The Hippely household loves to engage in outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, backpacking, and you can also find them frequently on the tennis courts.  Matt’s view of ministry is squarely based in one of his favorite verses, Ephesians 4:11-16, while youth ministry must have a component of fun, it must more readily contain the element of relationship and raising our youth to establish their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to “equip” them for when they step out on their own! Matt always says “youth are not the church of the future, they are the church right now!”