Matt and Debbie Recker
Matthew Recker grew up in Northern New Jersey just 15 minutes outside New York City. As a teen, he became involved in the empty life of drug and alcohol abuse. As he became increasingly miserable, the conviction of sin became deep in his soul. By grace, the Lord saved him during his freshman year at Clemson University in South Carolina. When he returned to his New Jersey home that summer, the Lord led him to begin attending a Bible-believing church in Manhattan.
Soon Matthew sensed God's call to preach the Word of God and to return to New York City for full-time ministry. He then enrolled in Bob Jones University and received a B.A. in missions (1981) and a M.A. in pastoral studies (1983). He met his wife Debbie and they were married in 1981, and they were accepted in Gospel Fellowship Association Missions in 1983.
Since 1984 God has used the Reckers to establish three urban churches in New York City: City View Baptist Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn (1984-1989); Parkway Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens (1990-1995); and Heritage Baptist Church in Manhattan (1996-present). Heritage Baptist Church is a multicultural church in the heart of America's largest city. Since 1997 Matt has hosted a live radio broadcast entitled The Heritage of Faith that focuses on Biblical exposition and allows radio listeners to call in. Heritage also features the Heritage Baptist Deaf Church, The Heritage Discipleship Institute, homeless and evangelistic outreach, and world-wide missionary outreach.
Matthew is the author of two books on urban ministry: Behold the City and Living on the Edge of Eternity, published by BJU Press. In 2002 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Ambassador Baptist College. The Reckers reside in Rosedale, Queens, and have three children: Rachel, Brian, and Daniel.