Pastor Matthew Herrell


About Our Pastor…

Matt & Crystal married in the summer of 1994. They would spend the next two years in Knoxville, TN as Matt completed his studies at The Crown College of the Bible. Following graduation they moved to Atlanta, GA where they served for three and a half years as Youth Pastor under the minister of Pastor Lou Rossi at Forrest Hills Baptist Church. It was during this time that their first two children, Madeline and Kyle, were born.

When Pastor Rossi returned to evangelism, the Herrell family moved to Chilhowie, VA to become Assistant Pastor at Chilhowie Baptist Church. Their ten year ministry in Virginia included youth, children, adult Sunday School, and a public school Bible program. These years also saw the birth of their other two children, Lauren and Tanner.

In 2009, they answered God’s call to missions. For the next six and a half years, their family served as missionaries in Peru, South America. This time allowed them to be involved in church planting, children’s home ministry, and an English speaking youth group.

Upon their return from Peru, they served for one year as director of the Shenandoah Haven for Girls in Cleveland, TN as they sought God’s direction for the future. During this time, they became acquainted with Pastor Jack Scallions and the Fairview Baptist Church.

In June of 2016, Matt became the Assistant Pastor at Fairview. The church voted to make him co-pastor in November of the following year. After serving in that role for one year, the congregation moved to elect Pastor Matt to become Senior Pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church on November 18, 2018.