Matt has served as a youth pastor, lead pastor, executive director, and a host of other roles in his almost 25 years of ministry experience. He has worked for national organizations in Chicago and Kansas City as well helping churches and ministries with interim projects.
Matt currently runs a ministry consulting company called Baseline Ministries which provides ministry organizations and churches with a variety of different ministry solutions. He runs a national ministry called Canadian Youth Worker which provides national training events and Matt is recognized as a leading voice for youth ministry in Canada. Matt teaches at many Bible Schools in the area including Ambrose University, Prairie Bible College and Rocky Mountain College.
You can read Matt's first published book entitled, Cultivate: A Youthworker's Guide to Establishing Healthy Relationships. Matt has been married to Michelle for 24 years and has two daughters, Maris and Macauleigh, 19 and 16 years old.
A graduate of Ambrose Theological Seminary, Rev. Trent McDowell, grew up in Edmonton and was an active participant in Church. He has a deep love for discipleship and seeing God’s people grow in their passion for God’s kingdom and mission. He was a youth and associate pastor for 7 years in Edmonton. In 2012 he moved to Calgary to work with Pastor Matt Wilks in several ministry projects and ministries and in April of 2016 completed his MA in Leadership and Ministry from Ambrose Theological Seminary.
He is a traveller, having currently been to 16 countries, he enjoys other cultures, interacting with people of others faiths, and connecting with missionaries overseas. He is known for his mix of creativity and ministry ingenuity, light-hearted humour, strong teaching and preaching skills, and passion for the church. He enjoys helping young adults develop their leadership and ministry skills.
He loves his family deeply and works hard to be a positive influence in his 7 nieces and nephews! Feel free to join him for a game of squash, working-out, enjoying good coffee, and talking about faith.