The Reverend Matthew Hoxsie Mead served as the seventh rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd from 2009 until 2015. Matthew, his wife Nicole, and their children Liam, and Nicholas spent 6 years as part of the Good Shepherd family.
Father Matt’s tenure marked a period of renewal and growth at Good Shepherd. Between 2009 and 2015 the parish doubled in attendance and more than doubled its income from pledging. During that time the church also undertook a series of building updates (roofs, boilers, water system, windows, septic, and insulation), the building of the Memorial Garden, and the installation of the Peace Pole and Flagpole. Beginning in 2009 Good Shepherd’s family-friendly worship, hospitality and fellowship also expanded to a include number of weekday events: Michaelmas & Oktoberfest, Candlemas & Chilifest, Annunciation & Chowderfest, Ascenscion Day & Steakfest, and the full compliment of Triduum services, all celebrated according the full BCP rites.
In addition to his work at Good Shepherd, Father Matt also took an active role serving on several committees in the Episcopal Diocese of New York: Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, Dean of the Sawmill Clericus, Alternate Deputy to General Convention, the Committee To Elect A Bishop, Diocesan Council, the Congregational Support Plan Committee, and the Diocese of New York Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission. Father Matt occasionally posted to a blog: http://fathermatt.com
Father Matt graduated from the University of Chicago in 1998, with a Bachelors in Philosophy. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2004 with a Masters in Divinity with a certificate in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School. He was ordained in the Diocese of New York in 2004. Before being called as the Seventh Rector of Good Shepherd, Father Matt served as Curate for liturgy and education at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square, from 2004 until 2009.
Father Matt was called in 2015 from Good Shepherd to serve as the fifteenth rector of The Parish of Christ the Redeemer in Pelham, New York.