Matt was born in a Roman Catholic home in New Jersey. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old. At the age of 18, he joined the United States Marine Corps. When he was 26 years old, he was almost killed in a training accident while serving in Japan. He was invited by a marine that he worked with to Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa. Matt trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior on August 2, 1992. At the same day, after a baptismal class, he followed the Lord in believers baptism.
Sachiyo was raised in Okinawa Japan. Her family believes in ancestor worship. They believe after one dies that individual would become a god. During junior high school, a friend invited her to Sunday school for a few years, later she was baptized, but Sachiyo had no assurance of her salvation. In March of 1996, during a revival meeting in the United States, God convicted Sachiyo that she was not saved. The next morning during her devotions, while reading Matthew 13, God showed her that she had never been saved. That morning she asked Jesus to save her and at that moment surrendered her life for full time Christian service. Sachiyo followed the Lord in believer's baptism.
After 13 years in the Marines, God directed our family to Ambassador Baptist College in Shelby, North Carolina. During the last year of school all signs were pointing for us to return to Japan. After Graduation, we made a survey trip to Okinawa and God confirmed the call to Japan. On October 23rd 2001 we were appointed missionaries with Baptist World Mission of Decatur, Alabama. God so graciously allowed us to raise our support in seventeen months. We arrived on Okinawa on September 26, 2003. Currently, Matt is the missionary pastor of Gushikawa Baptist Church of Uruma City on the southernmost prefecture Okinawa. Please pray that God will continue to bless His work. Moreover, pray that God will supply this local church with a national pastor. We have seen people saved, follow the Lord in believer’s baptism, and now are watching them grow in their faith.