MATTHEW CORK has received a B.A. in Communication Studies from Azusa Pacific University and a Master's degree in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Church Development. He is the lead pastor of Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California and has been on staff there for 23 years. Since becoming Lead Pastor in 2003, he has played a key role in transitioning them from a church in crisis to a church of transformation. Friends Church has three campuses in North Orange County and is doing extensive ministry around the corner and around the world. In 2007, on a trip to India, Matthew saw first hand the plight of 300 million Dalit people and the impact education can have on improving lives. God moved in Matthew's heart and shaped the vision for him personally and for Friends Church as they have embarked on "becoming the catalyst church to free the Dalits in our generation." Since then, they have built 40 educational centers throughout India, serving over 5,000 students. They also produced a full-length motion picture (released in 2013 by Lionsgate) called "Not Today," and Matthew released his first book, Why Not Today' His second book, Broken for Good, will release in September, 2015. Matthew lives in Yorba Linda with his wife Mardi and their three children: Nolan, Sophie, and Ella.
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