Matthew Paul Buccheri was born a Roman Catholic, whose faith crystalized in the Reformed-Presbyterian tradition, who is now an Episcopalian, and whose last degree focused on the spirituality of Eastern Orthodoxy. Therefore, he undoubtedly has ecumenical sensibilites.
He is a graduate of New York University (BA, Psychology and Philosophy), Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (MDiv, General and Counseling) and General Theological Seminary in New York (STM, Ascetical and Liturgical Theologies). He is a gifted communicator and spiritual director leading Sunday Forums, Retreats and Quiet Days for parishes. For more than a decade, he served on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. During his tenure there he functioned in several different capacities: as a church planting catalyst for what is now Redeemer City to City; as an assistant pastor overseeing a portion of the 6000 weekly attended congregation (his portion totaling over 1000); and as a director of community groups. Matthew was the central curriculum developer for the small group ministry at Redeemer, as well as the architect of the pastoral internship program and small group system currently in place. Later Matthew also co-founded Fifth Act Church Planting for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, a not-for-profit organization. Fifth Act Church Planting is an enterprise zone within the Lutheran synod and an affiliate organization that seeks to plant churches for the synod in major cities throughout North America. Matthew has also consulted urban and global city churches on a variety of issues. Lastly, he has been and guest lecturer and has taught classes at numerous seminaries around the country.
Matthew is currently a candidate for Holy Orders to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He is a visiting member of the North American Association of Liturgy and an Ecumenical Fellow of the Sophia Institute at Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University, founded by the Very Rev. Prof. John Anthony McGuckin. He is also a dual-certified church planting coach for Redeemer City to City and Church Multiplication Ministries and coaches and consults churches across a wide denominational spectrum.
A native New Yorker with a two-year stint in New Orleans, Matthew lives with his wife YiYa and their daughter Hannah on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.