Dr. Matthew Everhard is one of the most well-known Jonathan Edwards scholars in the world, having contributed to some of the most important Edwards-related publications available today, including serving as the General Editor for the forthcoming Jonathan Edwards Study Bible (Thomas Nelson), the first ever of its kind. He has also contributed to some of the most influential Edwards-related publications in print including the Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans), the Miscellanies Companion series (JESociety), and the New Directions in Jonathan Edwards series (V&R).
His 2021 book on Edwards’s “Resolutions” is one of the most complete studies on this topic available in print (Hendrickson). His dissertation on Edwards’s theology of joy was almost immediately accepted for publication by the JESociety upon its defense. He has written dozens of articles on Edwards, and his popular works can be found in such places as Desiring God, Modern Reformation, Bible Study Magazine, Gentle Reformation, and Logos Academic.
He is a Presbyterian pastor (PCA), devoted husband, and father of three. Matthew serves as the Senior Pastor of Gospel Fellowship PCA, a vibrant congregation in the Reformed tradition in the foothills of Western PA.
Matthew was born on the Lord’s Day at around 10:30 in the morning (church time!) in the Rustbelt city of Akron. He grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, a Northeastern Ohio town famous for its beautiful “crooked river,” scenic falls, and quaint Midwestern sensibilities.
Dr. Everhard is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL), Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, Ohio) and Malone University (Canton, Ohio). During his course of study at ATS, Matthew concentrated in the field of Spiritual Formation. As an undergraduate at Malone, Matthew majored in Bible and Theology. While at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando), Matthew did a directed study on Jonathan Edwards, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Edwards’s theology of joy, supervised by Dr. Michael Allen. Matthew later published his dissertation as a book for the general public with the title, A Theology of Joy: Jonathan Edwards and Eternal Happiness in the Holy Trinity (Fort Worth, TX: JESociety Press, 2018).
Matthew is also a contributing editor for the book A Collection of Essays on Jonathan Edwards (JESociety Press, 2016), and a contributor of four entries (Joy; Hell; Original Sin; Predestination) to the comprehensive Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia, published by Eerdmans, in coorperation with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. He also has a chapter in the recent Miscellanies Companion edited by Dr. Robert Boss, and a chapter in the forthcoming hardback Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment: Controversy, Experience, and Thought edited by John T. Lowe and Daniel N. Gullotta in the “New Directions in Jonathan Edwards Studies” series. (Vanderhoek & Ruprecht, Germany).
Native Ohioans, he and his lovely wife Kelly have three children, Soriah (an aspiring neonatal nurse and artist) and Elijah (an aspiring firefighter and Olympic wrestler), and Simone (likely an aspiring lawyer, since she talks so much!).
Matthew is deeply committed to world missions, having served on the mission fields of Equatorial Guinea (Central West Africa), El Salvador (five times), Mexico (four times), Ukraine, the Bahamas, Scotland, Thailand, and the Cayman Islands.
Besides preaching, teaching, and writing, Matthew enjoys riding bikes with the family and playing in the backyard with the children. He volunteers as a parent/coach for youth folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, reviews and collects Bibles for Cambridge and Crossway, and drinks his coffee jet black.
Selective Bibliography of Jonathan Edwards-Related Writings and Materials
Souls: How Jesus Saves Sinners (Warrendale, PA: Icthus Publications), November 2022.
Holy Living: Jonathan Edwards’s Seventy Resolutions for Living the Christian Life (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publications), Fall 2021.
A Theology of Joy: Jonathan Edwards and Eternal Happiness in the Holy Trinity (Fort Worth TX: JESociety Press, 2018).
A Collection of Essays on Jonathan Edwards. Contributing editor, with Dr. Robert L. Boss. Essays: “Jonathan Edwards: Calvinistic Homeboy or Reformed Eccentric” and “Jonathan Edwards and the Silkworm: Preaching and Typology.” (Fort Worth, TX: JESociety Press, 2016).
Hold Fast the Faith: A Devotional Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1647. (Lenoir NC: Reformation Press, 2012).
Chapters Contributed in Books
“Edwards on Happiness” in The Miscellanies Companion. Edited by Robert L. Boss (Fort Worth, TX: JESociety Press), 2019.
“Jonathan Edwards: An Intellect Precariously Astride Two Diverging Epochs” in Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment: Controversy, Experience, and Thought, Edited by John T. Lowe and Daniel N. Gullotta. New Directions in Jonathan Edwards Studies (Vanderhoeck & Ruprecht, Germany). Forthcoming, 2019.
“The Beauty of the Local Church” in Westminster Society Journal, v. 3 (Summer 2019).
“The Preaching Ministry of Jonathan Edwards” in Westminster Society Journal, v. 2 (Summer 2018).
“We Confess: An Introduction to the Westminster Confession of Faith” in Westminster Society Journal, v.1 (Summer 2017).
“Happiness,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
“Hell,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
“Original Sin,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
“Predestination,” The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Edited by Harry S. Stout. (Grand Rapids: MI. Eerdmans, 2017).
Other Print Articles
“Jonathan Edwards: The Theologian of Joy” Modern Reformation Magazine. Sept/Oct, 2018. Forthcoming.
“Do You Believe in Hell?” Modern Reformation Magazine. (Vol. 12. No. 6. Nov/Dec 2012). p. 16.
Digital and E-Media Publications
“Jonathan Edwards Organizational Genius” in theLAB. Logos Academic Blog. September 19th, 2019. academic.logos.edu.
“Three Disciplines of a Happy Christian Leader: Learning from the Theologian of Joy” Desiring God.com. October 29, 2018.
Invited Lectures and Courses Taught (Selective)
“Jonathan Edwards: What I Learned from a Dead Guy with a Wig,” The Westminster Society. Memphis Tennessee. Society. The 38th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. June 21st, 2018. Networking Lunch.
“Jonathan Edwards: Ten Things I Learned from a Dead Guy with a Wig” Hernando Christian Academy. January 11, 2018.
“The Life and Influence of Jonathan Edwards.” Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI. November 10, 2017. Church History. REL 280. Fall 2017. Professor Dr. Jonathan Marko.
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