About

I’m an Anglican Priest serving as Vicar of Grace Anglican Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, part of the Anglican Diocese in New England, which is part of the new Anglican Church in North America.  I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree in January of 2012, and have since moved to Fitchburg.

My background involves a nondenominational evangelical Christian upbringing with a Roman Catholic influence when my faith matured at university.  Over the course of my time at seminary, these two streams came together for me in the new Anglican realignment movement that is the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).  My wife and I received the sacramental rite of Confirmation on December 5th, 2010, was ordained to the sacred order of Deacons on September 8th, 2012, and to the priesthood exactly a year later.

The purpose of this blog is in part to provide a place for my theological, biblical, and devotional musings, including a number of my sermons.  Equally importantly, though, this is also a space where I can interact with others when a particular question comes up.

If you have any questions or comments that you want to pass on to me directly, you can do via email: mbrench AT gcts DOT edu

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8 Responses to About

  1. Hi Matt!
    Great stuff here in the blog! I’m looking forward to reading it as time permits in the coming days.
    Peace,
    Nate +

  2. Jonathan Barber says:

    Matt: Just found your sight as I have just reach Chan’s book, Liturgical Theology. I enjoyed your summary and have thoroughly enjoyed bouncing around your blog. Great stuff, especially for me and my ecclesial journey. I too come from an evangelical background, free church (Bible Church) and a ThM from Dallas Seminary. My journey has taken my wife and me to an Anglican church where we have worshipped for the last three years (Christ the King in Birmingham (PEARUSA). I am full of questions and read something in this area every week so your blog is a blessing. Thanks for the encouragement and please continue to write. Jonathan

    • Dcn. Brench says:

      Thank you for your encouragement! I enjoy writing as it is, but hearing feedback from others really builds me up. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me; I’ve added my email address to the post above. Another excellent blog for exploring Anglicanism is run by a priest elsewhere in the northeast: http://conciliaranglican.com/

  3. Canon Jim says:

    Paln to quote you heavily on feast of the Nativity of Mary September 8, hope that is ok…JMR+

  4. Kris says:

    Thanks for the blog! I’m trying to send you an e-mail by the listing above and cannot. Do you happen to have another e-mail address? Thanks!

  5. Bonsai says:

    Loved your post about the Orlando tragedy. What does the name of your blog mean? I could not decipher.

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