A Southern California Native, Matthew Cunningham was raised in Big Bear Lake, California for the first 18 years of his life.
Matthew holds a B.A. in Theology and Greek from Multnomah University, and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He currently serves as Lead Pastor here at The Gathering Church.
Matthew and his wife, Vanessa, are high school sweethearts and were married in the summer of 2004, in Pacific Grove, California. They are blessed with six children, who are the joys of their lives: Annelissa, Alatheia, Benjamin, Nathan, Noelle, and Lilly. As a family, the Cunninghams enjoy camping, road-tripping, eating out, and dancing in the living room. Some of Matthew’s passions include: helping men grow in maturity and responsibility as husbands and fathers, seeing families strengthened, and seeing lost people meet Jesus. A couple of books which have been impacting in Matthew’s life have been Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards, and How Then Shall We Live? by Francis Shaeffer. Matthew delights to be a member of the body of Christ at The Gathering Church. He loves teaching the Bible, serving with the elders, and seeing the gospel impact someone’s heart so that they continue to grow in grace.
Sevrin Hamilton was born in Tennessee and raised in Idaho. Through the godly example and testimony of his parents and Christ’s church, at the age of 7 Sevrincame to trust in Christ by the grace of God. Though his late teens found him wrestling with his faith and beginning to doubt and drift, in God’s kind providence, a backpacking trip through the Austrian Alps at the age of 18 brought Sevrin back to faith and stirred deeper affections for God and His word.
Sevrin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education from Boise State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor at The Gathering Church.
Sevrin met his wife Megan while working as a rafting guide in Jackson, Wyoming. They married in the summer of 2005, and God has since blessed Sevrinand Megan with three beautiful children. As a family, the Hamiltons enjoy exploring God’s creation, opening their home to young people, reading books, singing, and driving all over Portland. Sevrin is passionate about seeing the saints of God equipped to love God, love each other, and go to the ends of the earth with the gospel of Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
Although Matt Zrust has traveled and lived all over the world, he spent most of his teenage years in Costa Rica, where he first encountered Christ at a Christian youth camp out. During the final message of the campout, Matt was overwhelmed with guilt for his sin; not just his actions, but for the desire to do things worse than he had already done. After the message, of which he heard little, Matt sat down on a fallen tree and wept. That day he repented of his sinful ways and told God that he wanted to follow Him as his Lord and Savior.
Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Intercultural Studies from Multnomah University, and currently is on staff at TGC and is studying at Western Seminary.
Matt considers himself extremely blessed to married to his wife, Amber Elizabeth, whom he met while attending Multnomah. They were married in the winter of 2004, and are blessed with seven children: Judah Immanuel, Caleb Matthew, Samuel Anthony, Ariella Lydia, Nathan Aaron, David Christopher, and Noah Barnabas. As a family, they enjoy biking, singing, hiking, cooking for large groups, rock climbing, laughing around the dinner table, sword fighting, and wrestling. Matt’s heart for ministry is to see the church engage in the community through building relationships and friendships, engaging in ministries of mercy, and by counseling those in need. His greatest desire is to both do these things, and equip the Body of Christ to do them.
Joel Harris grew up just outside Gresham, OR. He was homeschooled by Christian parents who were passionately committed to ministering to families and the church. As a child, he prayed with his father to accept Christ, and in high school his faith deepened as he came to a fuller understanding of the gospel.
Joel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Greek from Multnomah University, and is completing his final year of Mdiv studies at Southern Seminary. He currently serves on staff at TGC and teaches music lessons through his studio, Northwest Worship Academy.
Joel and his wife, Kimi, met in high school and were married in 2004. They currently live in NE Portland with their three daughters: Elena, Aria and Larkin. The Harrises enjoy trips to the beach, reading aloud as a family, and playing board games. Joel has a passion for equipping the local church to worship in spirit and truth, singing gospel-centered, Christ-exalting songs with reverence, gratitude and joy. He also loves preaching, serving with the TGC leadership, and disciple-making.