Matt Helms

Associate Pastor for Children and Family Ministry
mhelms@fourthchurch.org


Matt Helms was born and raised in Clarendon Hills, a suburb of Chicago, and was thrilled to rejoin the Fourth Church staff as Minister for Children and Families in December of 2012 after serving a two-year term as a Lilly Pastoral Resident.
His Sundays are now spent in the joyous presence of more than a hundred children, teaching and guiding them as they explore the Christian faith. In Matt’s words, “It is such an honor and a privilege. . . . I couldn’t imagine a better place
to serve in ministry!”

Matt spent his first years at UW-Madison studying to be a sports statistician but ended up deviating from that mean and majored in religious studies, graduating in 2007. He returned to sweet home Chicago to pursue his M.Div at McCormick Theological Seminary, graduating in 2010 shortly before he began his residency at Fourth Church.

He is married to Alison, an English teacher, and they live in Downers Grove with their rescue pit bull, Zoe. His head is consistently buried in a book on his daily  ‘L’ commute to church and he loves to talk all things sports—particularly his beloved Chicago Bears. On his day(s) off, you can find him watching movies, making homemade pizzas, playing nerdy strategy games, and writing a novel that will never be finished.