Meet Our Team
The Quest is a progressive, Christian community of faith.
Our co-pastor team shares responsibility for teaching, pastoral care, programming and overall direction of The Quest.
Matt is an educator, musician, speaker, writer and spiritual director living and working in the North San Francisco Bay Area. He has been the worship pastor at The Quest since October of 2017. He is also a spiritual director and support group facilitator with The Christian Closet, which offers web-based counseling, coaching and spiritual direction for LGBTQ Christians.
For seventeen years, Matt worked as a worship pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, serving churches in Redwood City, CA; Houston; Tulsa; Seattle and Santa Rosa. He is a graduate of the Spiritual Director Formation Program at The Journey Center in Santa Rosa and currently serves on its board of directors.
As a gay Christian, Matt is passionate about the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, and he works to create safe, sacred space for people exploring these identities. His TEDx talk, Choosing Gratitude and Hope, with his former wife, Luanne Nightingale, tells their story of mixed-orientation marriage, an evolving understanding of faith and sexuality, and the painful but necessary choice of divorce, all within the context of gratitude and hope.
Matt is the proud father of four adult children: Joshua, Jacob, Emily and Zachary.
Tony served as an ordained pastor for twenty years and is a graduate of Fuller Seminary. He serves as a pastor at large speaking and teaching congregations all over the Bay Area. He’s a SAG-AFTRA actor and loves being behind the camera writing, directing and producing. He has short films on Amazon Prime and he’s currently producing, writing and directing feature films.
Tony is passionate about his faith and creativity believing that brave stories have the power to effect change. He writes, directs and produces as a freelance filmmaker and hosts community dialogues with his non-profit BraveMaker. Through monthly film screenings and a summer film fest he faciliates brave/safe spaces on our culture’s most pressing issues.
He and his wife, Wendy have three daughters and live in Redwood City, California. For more info go to www.bravemaker.com.
Two years ago, he married his best friend of twenty years, Stella. They currently reside in San Rafael. He enjoys cooking, gardening, tennis, sailing, and anything outdoors.
Michael moved back to the U.S. in December 2015, right back into his childhood home in Lucas Valley, started attending The Quest in April 2019, and joined the staff July 2019. He enjoys tennis, swimming, video games, and anime.