Staff and Leaders
Rev. Matt Carriker
Pastor and Spiritual Director at Agape
Hello! My name is Matt. Sometimes the Dean at Brandeis calls me M&M, or Minister Matt. I am an ordained Christian minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), and also an author, spiritual coach, and retreat leader. I am very excited about the Agape new church start in Waltham, Massachusetts. I have a passion for altering Christianity today into a spiritual tradition that models the unconditional love of God and the life and teachings of Jesus. I’m currently working on a book! The title of it is “Giving Christianity back to Love.”
In addition to pastoring at Agape, I am the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University, and co-facilitate confirmation, youth retreats, and adult spiritual formation retreats through the Massachusetts Conference UCC. Prior to starting Agape, I served as the Program Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries’ Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) program, and as the Associate Pastor at the Eliot Church of South Natick.
I met my beautiful wife LaToya while serving as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize from 2001 to 2003. LaToya is a graduate of Boston College, where she got her graduate degree in Social Work (with a Global Practice concentration). LaToya and I enjoy a lot of laughs together in our home in Waltham. We are both super excited about beginning this new spiritual community. I’m so thankful to Pastor Paul for planting this seed of the Agape new church start, which is now beginning to blossom!
Outreach Minister at Agape
Dawn comes to us as
Minister of Outreach.
Her experience includes education at Andover Newton Theological School. Student Minister training at Edwards Church in Framingham, MA, where she has also served as deacon. Dawn brings experience in hospitality, engagement, and volunteer leadership from her long-standing role at Lowe's.
In her own words: “I’m so excited to meet everyone at Agape Spiritual Community and to help spread the word about how Agape is sharingGod’s love in
Waltham and beyond. I am excited to get out into the Waltham area and let everyone know about the great gifts and wide welcome Agape has to offer.”
In her spare time, Dawn enjoys travel with her family, hiking, and cooking. One of her most recent delights was touring America’s Test Kitchen studios in Brookline.
Agape Student Minister