Next Level Church
Friday, September 04, 2015


Matt Keller is the founder and lead pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, FL. God has used him to lead the church from 30 people at its grand opening in 2002 to now over 2,800 people. As lead pastor, Matt thinks, creates, leads, inspires, and teaches, and the scope of his influence extends far beyond Southwest Florida. He is passionate about investing in other churches, and has helped hundreds of pastors and church planters around the country take their leadership and churches to the next level. One paragraph isn’t enough for you to get to know Matt, but just picture Chandler from Friends on an extreme sugar high from red Skittles and Diet Mountain Dew.  A funny but anointed communicator, Matt speaks over 250 times a year.  As for his speaking attire, let's just say Matt never met a shirt he didn't like. 
A born encourager, Matt has a God-given ability to look past what is to see what could be.  One of his favorite sayings is: “We’re church planters.  We figure it out.  We don’t take no for an answer.  That’s what we do.”  Matt is the author of The Up the Middle Church, a great tool for pastors and leaders to use as they journey through ministry and life. God of the Underdogs, released in the Fall of 2013. His third book is going to be about how to score an amazing wife--or at least it should be, because his wife Sarah is incredible!  High school sweethearts, Matt and Sarah have spent more of their lives together than they have apart.  Keeping them in line are their two sons, Will and Drew.


Book: Watcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin
Food: Spicy chicken sandwich (no pickles) from Chick-fil-a
Snack Food: Blue Doritos
Movie: Back to the Future
TV Show: Quick Pitch on MLB Network
Musical Artists: Taylor Swift, or whomever Luis Quintero tells me to listen to
Actor: Will Ferrell
Actress: No idea!
Time of Day: "Game Time"
Season: Baseball season
Place in the World: Tropicana Field or a cruise ship
Scripture: 2 Tim. 2:10
Sports Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Sport: Baseball


Food: Zucchini anything!!!
Snack Food: Anything without sugar
Time of Day: Bedtime when my kids won't focus
Season: Fall in Indiana (it means 6 months of cold & clouds!)
Place in the World: A Yankee fan's house


Life Motto:

We're church planters, we figure it out, that's what we do. We don't take no for an answer!"
Three People I'd Like to Meet:
George W. Bush, Seth Godin, & the owner of the Tampa Bay Rays

My Hero:
John Maxwell

One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
Receiving my calling at Summer Youth Camp in 1998

Most People Don't Know This About Me:
I wear reading glasses to read!

Matt Keller