Matt Benton is the lead pastor at Spirit & Life. Matt is a native of Northern Virginia having grown up in West Springfield and is a proud graduate of West Springfield High School (go Spartans!) and the University of Virginia (wahoowa!) where he majored in religious studies. In his free time, Matt loves playing golf and watching Washington's underachieving sports teams. Matt completed his seminary education at Wesley Theological Seminary and has been a pastor in Northern Virginia since 2011. Matt's gift for ministry includes dynamic preaching.
Matt married Emily Benton in 2011. Emily is a high school math teacher at West Springfield High School. She, too, grew up in Northern Virginia, graduating from Robison Secondary School in Burke before going to the UVA. Matt and Emily have two sons, Patrick, who loves trains, books and games, and Evan, who loves balls, music, and his big brother.