Youth Pastor Highlight: Matt Redstone

Matt Redstone currently serves as the youth pastor at First Assembly in Medicine Hat. He also serve as a district youth rep for Southern Alberta. Catch up with him this year at Encounter or find him on Facebook.

  1. What’s your full name? Matthew Terence Redstone
  2. Do you have any nick names? Red Dog, Redrock, Bluestone.
  3. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Imperial, Saskatchewan
  4. What’s your favorite TV show of all time? Chuck
  5. Do you remember when and where you were called to ministry? I was 15 years old. I was laying in bed and my youth pastor at the time had just done a teaching on Hell. I wasn’t a Christian at the time, but that night I became one. As I was praying, God showed me a vision of me standing on a stage, proclaiming his word, and God telling me this was his plan for my life.
  6. What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry that you look back at and laugh now? The senior pastor was away, and a guest speaker called asking if he was still able to come and speak on a particular date. I said it was OK, and I’m sure the speaker said he was going to call back closer to the date to re-confirm with the senior pastor. Anyways, he didn’t call back, I didn’t tell the senior pastor about the conversation, and on the day, he showed up expecting to speak. I’m pretty sure I lost phone privileges for a while after that.
  7. Have you ever left without a student on an event/camp/retreat? No but I have told youth to be on time or I would. I’ve never had a student late for departure.
  8. What do you enjoy doing outside of youth ministry? Being with my family, watching my little girl grow up. I’m always up for a coffee, and really enjoy board games.
  9. What’s the worst injury that’s happened to a student at youth group? It’s a toss up. I had a little girl lose two teeth playing tackle duck duck goose. I also had a youth get a seatbelt wrapped around his neck and he almost passed out. We almost had to cut the seatbelt off, which would not have been good seeing as it was my in-laws’ vehicle. It didn’t help he was recovering from a concussion.
  10. Yea or nay to all-nighters? Mixed feelings
  11. What’s the hardest part of being a youth pastor? Balance, because you are never just the youth pastor. There are lots a roles that you fill, lots of things you want to do excellently, and feeling like there just isn’t enough time in a week to do it all.
  12. What’s your favourite part of being a youth pastor? When youth come up to me after a youth service, and God has spoken to them, or they have felt his presence in a new way. When that passion for Jesus burns just a little bit brighter, or for the first time, nothing beats those moments.
  13. Is there anything that you’re really excited about in the near future? Our first youth worship service of the year. We’ve got some new youth on the worship team and I’m really excited to see them get to use their gifts for the first time.