LT Matthew Drayton, CHC, USN
Education: University of New Hampshire, BS in Kinesiology/Outdoor Education, 1997; Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, M.Div., 2010
Present Assignment: Sector Command Chaplain, USCG, Southeastern New EnglandMinistry Involvement:
OCF member since 2011; OCF Bible study leader; chaplain staff for Rocky Mountain High 2017; active in local church teaching Bible studies, pulpit supply, and counseling; Spring Canyon retreat attendee; involvement in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, American Association of Christian Counselors, Pastors Forum, Frontiers Missions, African Inland Mission, Childvoice International, church missions/individual missionaries
In my mid-twenties I discovered a Jesus I had never known. I was baptized in a hot-tub after a Romans Bible study in a miraculous Holy Spirit moment. Since I am experiential, that moment convicted me for a lifetime and propelled me immediately into outdoor ministry/athletics ministry/church ministry and military ministry of serving men and women of uncommon character and like conviction.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for OCF?
Our biggest opportunity must always stem from the successful discipleship of faithful service members, who are guided by the Holy Spirit, convicted by the Bible, and strengthened by OCF in partnership with the greater church—all for God’s purposes and opportunities, visible and invisible. We cannot cave to competing corporate values, measurements, or means. I am particularly excited about our retreat centers and RMH to provide the countercultural “Get Back To God, Mentorship Moments” that only general revelation can facilitate and invoke so powerfully.
Nominated By: CDR Carl Crabtree, USN (Ret.); CH(COL) Marc Gauthier, USA; Maj Timothy Tormey, USMC; LtCol Sean Welch, USMC