“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” – Mark Twain
Just for the record, Mark nailed it with this quote. Needless to say our expectation of months buried in snow huddled inside by a meager fire were vastly exaggerated. In fact, despite a few warnings from our Southern California friends, as well as some reminiscing of last years snow storm from our New England neighbors, winter was absolutely lovely.
Shoveling snow in the early morning alongside all the neighbors? Lovely. Warm drinks with new friends? Charming. Sledding with our 2-year old at the nearby park? Amazing. Brisk winter evenings with snow reflecting the light of the moon? Absolutely magical.
And then there were days of warm sunshine with temps in the 60’s where we played outside, took Silas to the park, and visited the Boston pier.
Early on in our prayers for church planting was the belief that if God wanted us to plant a church He would provide a co-laborer for Alan, a Barnabas and co-elder to help shoulder the responsibility of shepherding God’s sheep. Without knowing who this man would be we continued in faith to follow The Lord’s leading to move to Boston, start home Bible studies, and form evangelistic relationships in our community.
Would this man come from our past ministry partners? Would we need to put up a job listing on a seminary website? Or would Alan need to disciple and raise up a man to fulfill this function? The questions were many but the answer was simple: trust in The Lord. And trust we did.
Low and behold, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are His judgements and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33) We certainly did not fathom God’s solution to this need. We were looking for a Biblically qualified man (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) to minister alongside Alan who has a heart for the people of Boston and the gift of evangelism. So God brought us Matt. Matt O’Sullivan.
When we met Matt he was serving as an Associate Pastor at the 1st Baptist Church of Chelsea, in Boston, a position he has held since 2012. He is a gifted evangelist and teacher who grew up in the greater Boston area and has a passionate heart to reach his native New Englanders. Matt, his wife Paulette, their daughter Amy, and Matt’s mother Ginny live about six minutes away from our front door. And as God’s sovereignty would have it, in the year’s time we have been praying for the church plant to Boston, Matt had been burdened with the desire to church plant as well.
Anna first met Matt and Paulette at our local Panera Bread Bakery while reading her Bible for a little quiet time. The site of someone reading The Word in public caught the eye of the O’Sullivans who introduced themselves and thus began a connection that eventually led to them attending our home Bible study. It didn’t take Alan and Matt long to become fast friends over their shared passion for the scriptures and their heart to reach the lost. Over the past few months of prayer, godly council, and excitement from Matt’s church it was clear where The Lord was leading.
And now it’s official. Quincy Bay Church has a plurality of Elders. We are so excited to introduce Matt and his family to you and we ask for you to join us in praising God from whom all blessings flow!
Until next time…