Kingwood Christian Church will welcome the Rev. Chad Mattingly as new senior pastor during the worship service on Sept. 7. Rev. Mattingly comes to Kingwood from Missouri, where he was pastor of Nixa Christian Church.
“Texas feels like coming home,” Mattingly said. “This really is a wonderful opportunity to serve a younger congregation with a beautiful facility. Our kids are and 8 and 10, so the school system is always a big part of every decision we make and the Humble Independent School District is known for serving students exceedingly well.”
Mattingly was born in Houston but his family soon moved to Franklin, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and then returned to work as minister of youth and recreation at a church in Tennessee. Both Mattingly’s father and grandfather are ministers.
Working for a church helped clarify for Mattingly that he wanted to commit the rest of his life to ministry. He went on to Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor campus, completing a master’s of divinity degree, while also working as a social worker.
“A huge part of who I am as a pastor and as a Christian revolves around compassion –being with the poor, being with the homeless, being an advocate for people who have needs, because I think that is what Jesus calls us to do and is the heart of the Gospel message,” Mattingly said.
He said he is thrilled to join Kingwood Christian Church because the congregation is so involved in serving others. Church members participate in an adult mission trip to Grenada, meet women just their released from prison to give them non-prison issued clothes for their journey home, prepare and deliver meals to a low-income apartment complex where many residents are disabled, provide housing for homeless families a few weeks a year in rotation with other churches, and hold a holiday shopping market where all proceeds benefit charities.
“They really care about caring for people,” Mattingly said of Kingwood Christian Church members. “You see that in so many ways.”
Mattingly and his wife Amber have two children: a fourth grade son Peyton and a third grade daughter Taylor, enrolled at Bear Branch Elementary School. Peyton was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. As parents, the Mattinglys are strongly committed to meeting Peyton’s needs. As a family, they enjoy hiking and fitness activities.
“We’re big readers. We love movies,” Mattingly said. “Amber and I continue to date. We’re best friends. We put a huge priority on our relationship.”
Kingwood Christian Church has been a part of the community for more than 30 years. It is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a mainline Protestant denomination. The church is located at 3910 West Lake Houston Parkway and holds a worship service every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.