Meet The Team!
Matt is from Uncasville Ct. He attended Montville High School and even served in the United States Navy. He was married to his high school sweet heart (Heidi) in 1997. They have three amazing sons, Matthew, Tanner and Shawn. They moved to Florida for ten years and that was when it all began. See, Pastor Matt didn’t leave Connecticut as a pastor. He met some amazing friends in Florida who convinced him that he needed to start going to church. Pastor Matt wasn’t raised in the church. However at the age of 29, he decided that the good life that he was living wasn’t enough and when he looked at it deep enough he always knew there was something missing. The missing part was a relationship with Jesus Christ. At 29, a brand new believer in Jesus, he whole-heartedly started pursuing what God had for him and his life. He became the youth pastor at New Walk Church and obediently followed Gods call to move back to Connecticut in order to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the community of New London county. Contact me on Facebook
Heidi has the privilege of being married to Revelation Church (well, she says it feels like that sometimes). Actually, she is married to the pastor of Revelation Church. Her and Matt met and started dating in their sophomore year at Montville High. They were married at the young age of 20 and now, 16 years later, they have two biological sons: Matthew age 14 and Tanner age 12. They recently adopted their foster son, Shawn (age 3) who has rounded out their family perfectly. She taught elementary school for 7 years before resigning from that career to follow her husband 1200 miles and across many states to start Revelation Church. It sure has been a journey but she has learned that through faith and obedience ALL things are possible with Jesus on your side. Contact me on Facebook
Joe Mikey Mapa – Director of Worship Arts
Joe Mikey Mapa was born in the Philippines and moved with his family to the D.C. area in the 90s. Jesus found him a mess and changed his life in Easter of 1997 and he started leading worship and playing the guitar soon after. He went to Howard University and graduated with a Sociology degree in 2008, and during that time he met and married his best friend, Kati in 2009. They moved to Norwich, CT in September of 2012 after completing an amazing year with Saddleback Church in California where Joe was an intern with their Worship Arts team, and Kati worked at their food pantry. They are both excited about what God will do in New England and are honored to be a small part of what God is doing here. Visit my Website. Contact me on Facebook
Deborah and her husband, Clint, of 27 years, recently relocated from Florida to Connecticut to be involved in ministry at Revelation Church. They have six children, two adult daughters, and four sons. She is a Christian author and has written two books, He is The Scarlet Thread and The Beauty of His Hands. She is currently directing discipleship at the church and will be launching Revelation’s women’s ministry in spring of 2014. Visit my website or contact me on Facebook
Mark served 24 years in the US Navy and is a retired Master Chief. He was born and raised on a farm in MI where he learned all the necessities of life from incredible parents. He lives in Plainfield, CT where he and his awesome wife, Jodie, raised three kids, Brittany, Jason, and Matthew. He considers himself a “jack of all trades, master of a few”. He loves his God, his wife, his children, and all things Detroit sports related.
Quote: “I always remember being a believer, but I wasn’t called to truly serve the kingdom until I was older. God’s plan placed me in this church at this point in my life and I will be obedient and gladly serve my God and his people until my last breathe.”
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Lynn Strube – Director of First Impressions
Lynn serves as the Director of First Impressions. Her team is the first point of contact from the parking lot, to the coffee, all the way to the ushers. She has been blessed to be a part of Revelation Church from the launch on September 30, 2012. She was born and raised in Florida and met Pastor Matt at the church that they previously attended. It didn’t take her long to listen to God and make the decision to move to Connecticut to assist with this new church plant. She is very excited to not only be living in a new part of the country, but also to be a part of the vision and the growth of the body of Christ in her new community. Contact me on Facebook
Case Runyan – Director of Children’s Ministry
Case was born and raised in Indiana where she began her walk with Jesus through Campus Life Ministries in high school. After a too-brief stint in the Florida sunshine, Case trekked back to the snow to join us for the launch of Revelation Church. As the Director of Children’s Ministry, Case’s goal is to grow the children of our community in wisdom and stature in the Lord, that they might come to know and love our God and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. An action-packed, fun-filled hour awaits your children in RevKids each week, as they learn about Jesus on their level. Case is very excited to be part of the amazing vision given to Pastor Matt for this community! Contact me on Facebook
Shawn McCluskey – Director of Media
Shawn is the youngest and coolest member of staff. He grew up in a small town in Florida. Partying thru his teenage years, God lifted him out of the chaos and plugged him into a local church. That is where he got his first taste of media ministry. Shawn and his wife, Jessica moved from Florida to Norwich CT to follow God’s calling to help Pastor Matt start a church. Thus Revelation Media was born! Hit him up on Facebook!