Matt is very, very gifted. Oddly gifted. He is a creative freak, but in the most wonderful, positive sense.
— Dr. Andy Byers, author of “Faith Without Illusions”
Matt is talented, and when I say he’s out of the box—I’m not sure his box has walls.
— David Colston, Navigators

About Matt O.

Matt Orth lives in NC with his wife (married 5.27.95), his two daughters (born 1.1.99 and 8.25.11) and a small army of dwarf goats and pygmy hedgehogs. He spends his time writing, reading, teaching, traveling, gardening, and inciting good people to laugh well. In addition to his creative endeavors, (a wide spectrum that includes creating characters from nothing but a wig to designing new group games), Matt O has served in church ministry for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, from church janitor to itinerant speaker, from college pastor to director of a para-church organization.

His first book, Questions of a Curious Nature, is like The Screwtape Letters had a child with The Shack that was raised by a pack of editorial cartoons. It's available here in Kindle and paperback. Read some positive reviews that capture the heart of the book here and here, and like the Facebook page here. And if that's not enough, read the first two chapters for free here.

His second book, a fantasy entitled "The Nowhere Stairs" is a Middle Grades fantasy reminiscent of the Narnia novels. His third book "The Stones of Home," a Young Adult fantasy novel, is currently seeking publication.

Matt drinks Broad River Coffee.

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What you'll find here at lesswithoutyou:


Matt O. is available for the following variety of needs:

  • Preaching/Teaching for:
  1. College/university groups
  2. Marriage retreats
  3. Spiritual formation retreats/events
  4. Sunday morning services/Interim pastor
  5. Student Ministry events
  • Writer/Developer for:
  1. Website Redesign/Fresh content (specializing in humorous/creative voice)
  2. Sermon series, VBS themes
  3. Curriculum
  4. Skit/Sketch scripts
  5. Training/Seminars (speaking/writing: for topics, click here.)
  • Creator for:
  1. Original games designed for one-time events or on-going play
  2. Creative socials or themed parties
  3. Scavenger Hunts tailored to your group and/or specific area
  4. Fresh, cost-effective ideas using your current spaces/resources
  5. Innovative marketing ideas to get you noticed in a positive way
  6. Helping your spaces, programs, or traditions break out of the box.

Ministry Resources

Matt has compiled some free and subscription based ministry resources, ranging from vibrant teaching curriculum to creative and proven ideas for ministry events. Click here.

Matt's Blog

 "We live in a society obsessed with speed, not direction--therefore we save minutes, but waste years."

Blog Archives

Satire Blog

Matt is incredibly creative and the work of Christ in him is real, visible and tangible. His preaching is filled with so much life and passion. He preaches from a deep love and burden for people.
— Carl Cartee, Dove-Award Winning Song Writer and Artist
Laughter occurs when we go on the offensive against despair, when we take the initiative against tragedy, determined not to relinquish tomorrow to the powers of evil and death.
— Will Willimon
Always watching you Waszowski...always watching.

Always watching you Waszowski...always watching.

"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule." G.S.