Rev. Edd Matako

Congregational Care Minister & Adult Ministries

Edd was baptized at First Baptist Church as a youngster.  He attended Washington High School, Canton College, Akron University, American Baptist Churches Lay Pastor Training Program.  He was licensed and ordained into the ministry through First Baptist Church of Massillon. Rev. Edd served as Pastor in Pittsburg, Kansas and Newport, Ohio; and served as Interim Minister in Stow, Ohio and Coshocton, Ohio. He has served as a representative on the Board of Regional Ministries for the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.  He also was trained in the Stephen Ministry Program, as well as its Leaders Program, which prepares lay people to provide quality one-to-one Christian care and comfort in times of need for those facing a crisis or life challenge. Edd and his wife, Judy, were married in 1961.  They have two children; Scott and Shaun.  Scott is managing president of his own company in Los Gatos, CA.  Shaun has a doctorate in counseling and is Senior Minister of the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Paulding, Ohio.  They have 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Edd, when not at church or visiting people, enjoys following the white golf ball wherever it may go, taking care of the lawn, following the Massillon Tigers and Ohio State football teams.  He enjoys most styles of music, especially Christian and Classical. Edd has a couple of life verses, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."  Philippians 4:13 (NASB) "Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.  Whoever serves me, the Father will honor."  John 12:24-26 (NRSV) "Be still, and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)