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 Jack.
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, Rachael, 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 forthcoming book "Priests like Moses: Earliest Divisions in the Priesthood of Ancient Israel" is slated for publication in 2020 with Fortress Academic.