The Rev. Matthew R. Rasure, Ph.D.


The Reverend Doctor Matthew R. Rasure is the 26th minister of the First Baptist Church of Medford. He is married to the Reverend Rachael Pettengill-Rasure, who is pastor at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Milton, MA. Together they are the parents of John ("Jack") and Magdalena ("Maggie").

Rev. Matt is passionate about community involvment, environmental consciousness, and helping people to engage more actively with God in their own lives. 

In his spare time, Rev. Matt loves to cook with his wife, and they are both avid fans of early and Baroque music, particularly the harpsichord. 

Rev. Matt is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Harvard University (A.M. &  Ph.D.). His  graduate work was in the Harvard department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations  and has taught courses  Ugaritic and in North West Semitic Epigraphy. Rev. Matt's dissertation "Priests like Moses: Earliest Divisions in the Priesthood of Ancient Israel" is under revision and slated for publication in 2020 with Fortress Academic.

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