Rev. Kent Matthies

Rev. Kent Matthies

Kent is a life-long Unitarian Universalist who grew up in Oak Park, IL.  Kent came to USG in 2002, bringing a vision for the church to “empower people as disciples of love.”  Kent says, “If we are to do religion well, we must connect philosophy, theology, arts, politics, science, and spirituality.”

Kent currently represents Unitarian Universalism on The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia.  The Council was founded in March 2006 aiming to build relationships of mutual support, offer a moral and spiritual voice in the region, and identify issues of concern for dialogue and action.  The Council is the first of its kind in the city, with more than 30 member communities, representing more than two million people of diverse faith traditions from across the greater Philadelphia region.

In recent years Kent worked on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force to reduce violence in Philadelphia, co-chaired our USG Dr. King Day of Service efforts, which mobilizes over 500 volunteers per year and served on the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network.

Currently, Kent works as Lead of the USG Ministerial Executive Team, which helps to implement the ongoing operations of the church.  Kent plays a strong leadership role in our Staff, Worship Arts, Caring Team and Small Group Ministry at USG, all of which includes fun collaboration with outstanding leaders.  Kent preaches 2 or 3 times per month and at least monthly on the spiritual theme of the month.  The SGM program is open for members and friends who would like to connect with others and explore their spirituality.

Fluent in Spanish, Kent worked with refugees in southern Mexico before attending Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.  Kent now lives in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with his lovely wife Kristin and two sons, Micah and Ellis. In his spare time he loves to play tennis, do yoga, read, and listen to jazz.

Kent  is on a well-deserved sabbatical until mid-August, 2017. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please direct them to the appropriate member of our USG staff who will happy to hear from you.