While Matthew Paul Buccheri was born, baptized, communed and confirmed a Roman Catholic, his faith crystalized in the Reformed-Presbyterian tradition. However, he is now an Episcopal priest in the Episcopal Diocese of New York at an ethnically diverse and small inner-city parish. His last degree focused on the spirituality of Eastern Orthodoxy. Furthermore, he has provided consultation and coaching for countless denominations. Therefore, he undoubtedly has ecumenical sensibilities.
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 Theology and Liturgics). He is a gifted communicator and spiritual director leading Sunday Forums, Retreats and Quiet Days for his parish, as well as others. For more than a decade, he served on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City under the leadership of Tim Keller. During his tenure at Redeemer he functioned in several different capacities: as a church planting catalyst for what was then, Redeemer Church Planting Center (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.
Matthew founded Fifth Act Church Planting, a not-for-profit organization for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. Fifth Act Church Planting is an enterprise zone within the synod and an affiliate organization that seeks to plant churches for the synod in global cities throughout North America. Moreover, Matthew has also consulted urban and global city churches on a variety of issues for the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. Lastly, he has been a guest speaker and has taught classes at numerous seminaries around the country.
Matthew is a visiting member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and an Ecumenical Fellow of the Sophia Institute and Institute for Studies in Eastern Christianity at Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University, founded by the Very Rev. Prof. John Anthony McGuckin and Dr. Sergey Trostyanskiy, respectively. He is also a certified church planting coach for Redeemer City to City and Church Multiplication Ministries and continues to coach church planters and church reinvigorators across denominational lines.
A native New Yorker with a two-year stint in New Orleans, Matthew lives in the most ethnically diverse square mile on the face of the earth: Elmhurst, NY.
"...all must be friends, all must be loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped." - Teresa of Avila