Matt Kaminski was born in 1969, raised the fifth child in a family of eight, in Ramsey, NJ. He earned a Bachelor of Science in History from Albright College (Reading, PA) where he also played varsity basketball for four years.
After graduating from college, Matt coached freshman basketball and was a substitute teacher at Ramsey High School (Ramsey, NJ) with a view toward earning a masters in secondary education and teaching history. However, while leading youth groups and teaching bible studies at his church, he felt called to further theological training.
Matt attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, MA) where he earned a Master of Divinity (2000) focusing on biblical theology and pastoral ministry. He also met his wife Carol at Gordon-Conwell, who was a visiting student from Melbourne, Australia (Master of Arts, Old Testament). They were married in 1999. Following graduation Matt and Carol moved to an apartment in downtown Salem, MA. He began further studies toward a Masters in Theology (Th.M.) focusing on biblical theology. At this time he began a conversation with the New England area representative for the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC, the denomination with which Matt is a licensed minister) about beginning a church in Salem. In 2002 he and Carol committed to this ministry. For three years they lived in Salem, learning and reading about the city and its history. They purchased an “antique” saltbox home (ca. 1823) and they have been historically renovating it themselves. Matt and Carol have two sons.
Matt currently serves as the founding pastor of The MeetingHouse Church. He has also served as the secretary for the New England Congregational Christian Fellowship (NECCF) for the past four years. He enjoys camping, carpentry, following the Red Sox, and reading historical novels and historical fiction (especially The Lord of the Rings). Matt has been active in volunteer events in Salem (Salem Mission, Habitat-for-Humanity, coaching elementary school basketball, July 4th on Derby Wharf, and Christmas in Salem).