Matt serves our church as the Pastor of Worship and Operations. As worship pastor, Matt leads worship, and leads a team of worship leaders, writes/arranges music and constructs Liturgy to help encourage the church family to direct their hearts and minds to Jesus. As operations pastor, Matt cares for the various ins and outs of our vibrant and eclectic church community, both for life during the week as well as Sunday gatherings.
Matt began serving in a part-time role as worship director at Terra Nova Saratoga in 2017, but has been involved in the worship arts since Terra’s infancy. In May of 2018, while having already begun the Eldership process at Terra, God placed a call on Matt’s life to enter into full-time ministry and leave his 11 year tenure as middle school band teacher in the Shenedehowa Central School District.
With the continued encouragement and discipleship of the Elders of Terra as well as Matt’s Tribe and especially his wife Jessmyn, Matt was ordained in November of 2019 and joined the Pastoral team with Daniel.
Matt and his wife Jessmyn and their three children, Charles, Graham and Harrington live just outside Saratoga Springs in the house they built on the land they farm. The Schwartzes have a passion for sharing their lives with others, and have been called by God to use the blessings given them to serve and bless others through hospitality.
In Matt’s spare time he is an avid bow hunter, enjoys animal husbandry, all kinds of music (especially with headphones), and all things pertaining to the culinary arts.