Dr. Matthew Scraper – Lead Pastor

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20191205_134450Matthew is the Lead Pastor at Southern Hills United Methodist Church. A native of the Kansas City Metro Area, Matthew graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, KS. After graduation Matthew enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as an Infantry Scout Sniper in the Army’s famed 10th Mountain Division.

Matthew heard the call to ministry while serving in the Bosnian conflict, and returned home to pursue ordination in the United Methodist Church where he now serves as an Ordained Elder.

Matthew has earned a B.A. degree from Rogers State University, as well as Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. Matthew has been appointed to United Methodist congregations in New Milford (NY), Durant (OK), Stroud (OK), and Marlow (OK) before being appointed to Southern Hills United Methodist Church (OKC) in 2016. Matthew currently serves as the 2nd Abbot of the Order of St. Patrick, a secularly cloistered ecumenical Order for clergy and lay contemplatives.

Matthew is married to Kate, and together they have three fantastic daughters: Robyn, Samantha, and Megan.

You can order a copy of Matthew’s Book, The Mystic Way of Salvation here.


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