Youth Pastor Spotlight: Matt Kofler

Matt at a glance:

  • Where were you born? Johannesburg South Africa  

  • Married? Yes, Kate and I just got married this past December

  • Kids? Not yet but one day I want an army

  • What Church are you at? City South Church

  • How long have you been there? About a month now


Q: What’s your favorite city to visit?

A: Cape Town is my favourite so far but I hope to do more traveling.


Q: Favorite Movie?

A:  The Italian Job, such a classic action movie.


Q: Favorite Youth Ministry moment?

A:   This would probably be last summer I was an intern, I had the opportunity to work at family camp at Alberta Beach. To see youth from different churches and work with different pastors in the city was really cool. I've learnt so much from that experience both good and bad.    


Q: What’s your least favorite fast food joint?

A: Probably Arby's, like is it a burger joint or sandwich shop? It needs to figure out it’s identity.   


Q: Any pet peeves?

A: People who don’t signal when they turn, I have to pray for extra grace and police presence when it happens.


Q: What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry? What’d you learn?

A: This was, when we had an off site activity at the park across from the church, I forgot to give more specific instructions for pick up. As a result I had to deal with frustrated parents and confused students it was a late night of phone calls and rides home.


Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of youth pastoring?

A: My wife and I really enjoy playing board games with our friends. I also am an avid hockey fan, I love playing and watching hockey. Go Leafs!


Q: What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students?

A: With the City South group I haven't gotten to do much with them yet. However, last summer during my internship we did a color blast event. I really enjoyed planning and executing that.  


Q: What’s your biggest ministry struggle at the moment?

A:  Time, as I am still finishing my degree and being newly married, I always feel as If I don’t have time. I am learning how to set margins in my life and make an effective schedule, still it is a constant struggle and a learning process.


Q: If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them?

A:  I would tell them to use their own talents and utilize their volunteers talents. I find we try to do to much on our own sometimes. Delegating certain tasks and “letting go” will help you in the long run. It’s easier said than done, because deep down we are all perfectionists.


Q: Is there something that the youth pastors of the province can be praying towards for you?

A: I would ask prayer for wisdom and patience. For starting up a youth ministry is not easy, but God has blessed our church with lots of young families so getting the kids is not the hard part. But building deciples is not an easy task, so pray for God’s wisdom upon me and patience as we grow together.     


Q: Where can people connect with you online?

A: I’m on facebook and instagram and my email is