Matt & Becky Walker
Pastor Matthew Walker
Pastor Matt was born into a Christian family and benefitted greatly from attending a Christian school. When he was four years old, he was led to the Lord by his mother after an evening of family devotions. Upon finishing high school in 1988, he entered the United States Marine Corps. Boot camp was at Parris Island, SC and he was trained at in ammunition supply at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. In November 1990 he was activated from reserve status as part of Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia. During this time Pastor Walker believes that God burdened his heart to pastoral ministries. Returning home, he finished his undergraduate degree at Bob Jones University. While he was there, he met Becky Matzko during a local extension ministry. After a couple of years of dating, they married in Martinsville, IN on August 12, 1995.
On April 23, 1997 he was ordained at Heritage Bible Church in Greenville, SC. Following this ordination the young couple moved to Centre Hall, PA to join the pastoral staff at Calvary Bible Church. During their eighteen months in Pennsylvania they had their son, Aaron. Moving on to become a representative for BJU in the Mid-west, they relocated to Indianapolis. For three years Pastor and Becky were members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Pastor traveled throughout the Mid-west preaching in Christian schools, churches, and Christian camps. While in Indianapolis, God added Melanie to the Walker home in May of 2000. It was at a missions conference at CHBC in 2001 that Pastor became burdened to plant a church—what eventually became College Park. Pastor and Becky left Indianapolis for the Washington, D.C. area and a church planting internship at Fairfax Baptist Temple. After one year at FBT, Pastor and Becky relocated to Raleigh/Durham, NC and started College Park Baptist Church in February 2003.
Since the founding of College Park, Pastor Matt has completed his Master’s degree from Maranatha Baptist University. He is presently finishing a Ph.D. from Piedmont International University. The topic of his dissertation is “Third Wave Charismaticism’s Misinterpretation of the Battle Between Michael and Satan Has Resulted in the Excesses of the Spiritual Warfare Movement.”
Pastor Matt also is part of the adjunct faculty at Maranatha Baptist University. He has also taught at Great Lakes Bible Institute and plans on teaching in October at Haven of Grace Seminary in the Philippines.
Patrick Covil lives in Cary with his wife, Terri, and their two children, Chloe and Eli. He is a civil engineer and holds a bachelor of science from NC State University. He is the coordinator of the men’s discipleship ministry. Terri is involved in children’s ministries and teaches at Cary Christian School.
Ricky Knox is the former interim police chief in Raleigh and is now the director of security for the North Carolina Museum of Art. Ricky is a graduate of UNC and has a graduate degree from NC State University. Ellen Jane is the wedding coordinator for the church and teaches children Sunday School class.
Jim Poindexter has a degree in chemistry, though these days he spends most of his time in Real Estate both as a realtor and a landlord. Jim is often found mowing the grass at the church or fixing one of the mowers. Jim is also our head usher and he coordinates that ministry. Carol is our church treasurer.
Hamsa Devadanam lives in Cary with his wife Swarna, and their two sons, Nathan and Aaron. He works as a software consultant, Swarna teaches Math in local high school and leads neighborhood women’s Bible study at their home.
Other Ministry Leaders
Jim & Dianne Matzko
Jim Matzko lives in Morrisville with his wife Dianne. He has been involved in music since he joined his church choir at the age of 4. He has performed in community choirs and orchestras for over 50 years. He has been a music director for more than 35 years, in 6 different churches. He and his wife, Dianne, met while both were playing in the cello section of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. His formal education are degrees in engineering and business. Dianne has a degree in music education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has been an instrumental music teacher for over 20 years in Christian School education. She plays the piano and serves in Kids4Truth. Dianne also plays cello in the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Jim and Dianne have 4 grown daughters: Becky, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Deborah.
John and Michelle Pasui
Sunrise Retirement Home
Durham Rescue Mission Liaison