Senior Pastor (South)
Matt Joiner became the Planting Pastor at Redeemer South Church in April of 2023. Originally from Channahon, IL, he grew up in church but did not become a Christian until he was 20 years old. Shortly after Matt began following Christ, he felt God calling him to full-time ministry. In 2007 Matt moved to Louisville, KY, where he attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministries. While at Southern, Matt became the Student Pastor at a local church and served in that role for 9 ½ years. During his second year at Southern, he married the love of his life, Erin. Matt and Erin have two daughters, Ezra Mae and Ivy Louise, who are an absolute joy and blessing. Matt became the Associate Pastor at Redeemer Church Rockford in 2017. He developed several ministries at Redeemer Rockford, including the Children and Family Ministry, Life Group Ministry, Overseas Missions, and Biblical Soul Care Ministry. Matt is working on getting his Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.) at Southern Seminary in Biblical Counseling.
Matt is passionate about the church of Jesus Christ. He desires to see every Christian do their part for the Great Commission by sharing their faith and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.