Matthew Raley
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  • Chico, CA
  • United States
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Matthew Raley is now a member of CIVA Network
Apr 26, 2017

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Organization or Business Name
Chico Grace Brethren
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Art Interests
Architecture, Art Criticism, Art History, Arts Ministry, Arts Organization, Drawing, Education, Iconography, Liturgical Design, Media, Museum/Gallery, Painting, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
In more than twenty years as a pastor, three things still ignite my passion. I love spending time with people in the Bible, connecting people across cultural boundaries in Jesus Christ, and developing artists to express God's glory.

I will graduate in May 2017 with my Ph.D. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. My work is at the intersections of philosophy, theology, and the arts. I'm also a violinist. I play with the North State Symphony, a regional orchestra, and in chamber music festivals.

For the last six years, I've been serving at Chico Grace Brethren in northern California. We are rebuilding ministry at every level, developing new approaches in all sorts of areas from children to how we celebrate Advent. We are diverse in age, ethnicity, political views, and economic status. But we are one in Christ.

My wife Bridget and I have two boys, one who loves making video games, the other who loves archery and swords.
Accomplishments / CV
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Ph.D. candidate 2011 – 2017
Dissertation: “Abstraction in J. S. Bach’s Chaconne: A Model for Reconciling Artist and Audience Today”
Major: Christianity and the Arts
Minors: Christian Philosophy, Spirituality

Western Seminary, Portland, OR
M.Div. 1996
Expository Track
Magna cum laude

Willamette University, Salem, OR
B.M. 1993
Violin Performance
Magna cum laude

Senior Preacher, Western Seminary 1996
G. Herbert Smith Scholar, Willamette University 1989 – 1993
Undergraduate Research Grant, Willamette University 1991


Chico Grace Brethren, Chico, CA
Senior Pastor 2011 – present
Led a restart of the church, preaching and teaching, rebuilding music ministry, lay leadership, and education for all ages, starting transitional housing for men, developing new arts programs, raising attendance from 50-60 to 150-170.

Orland Evangelical Free Church, Orland, CA
Senior Pastor 1999 – 2011
Led all aspects of ministry, preaching and teaching, leading a staff of six (full- and part-time), developing a biblical counseling center, raising attendance from 90-100 to 220-240.

Malaysian Baptist Theological Seminary, Penang, Malaysia
Visiting Lecturer and Chapel Speaker 2010
Taught a 16-hour class on narrative techniques in preaching. Spoke at a regional conference, and in churches.

Christ Community Church, Corning, CA
Coach 2009 – 2011
Helped develop a new church with Pastor Jeff Tollison, now with attendance of 65-75.

Western District of the Evangelical Free Church, Northern California and Nevada
Board Member 2002 – 2005
Participated in district governance with Superintendent Gil Stieglitz.

WestHaven Assisted Living, Orland, CA
Founding Chairman, later Pastoral Overseer 2000 – 2011
Guided initial development of a facility for the elderly, which grew from a six-bed home to a 42 bedroom campus, including an Alzheimer’s Unit.

Providence Christian Schools, Orland, CA
Founding Chairman, later Pastoral Board Member 2000 – 2011
Helped start Oak Tree Christian School (K-8), and guided a merger with Providence Christian High School (9-12).

North State Symphony, Chico and Redding, CA
Violinist 2001 – present
Perform in regular season concerts and chamber concerts in the 1st violin section.

Bach Festival, Chico, CA
Violinist 2004 – present
Perform orchestral, chamber and solo music during this annual concert series under Dr. David Rothe and Dr. David Scholz at California State University.

North Valley Chamber Society, Chico, CA
Violinist 2011 – present
Lead performances in regular season concerts in orchestral, chamber music, and solos under Dr. David Scholz.

Composer’s Symposium, Chico, CA
Violinist 2009 -- 2014
Performed new compositions by students under Dr. David Dvorin.

Linfield Chamber Orchestra, McMinnville, OR
Concertmaster 1996 – 1999
Led performances in regular season concerts in symphonic music, chamber music, and solos under Sylvain Fremaux at Linfield College.

Salem Chamber Orchestra, Salem, OR
Violinist 1989 – 1999
Performed in the 1st violin section under music director Bruce McIntosh. Appeared as guest conductor and soloist.

“The Painter and the Tree: A Biblical Rationale for Visual Art” 2015
Peer-reviewed article published by Caesura—Journal of Philological and Humanistic Studies.

The Diversity Culture
Book on respectful religious dialogue published by Kregel. 2009

Novel published by Kregel, and translated into Dutch. 2008

“Liberty Where It Matters Most”
Essay published in the Acton Institute’s collection, Duty and Responsibility. 1995

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