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Hey, I'm
Matthew Kruse.

I am a Boston kid: grew up between Revere and Everett, went to Dom Savio High School and Boston University, and once saw Larry Legend live on the parquet in the old Garden. From behind a pole.


I am a wicked bad sinner, ransomed by the love of the Father, the work of the Son, and the power of the Spirit


Down at the bottom of my life - the ground that everything else is anchored to - is the grace of God in Christ. That's it. And that's enough.


Grace and I have been married since 1996 and we have four quickly-growing-up sons and daughters who you'd love. I won't be winning any father-of-the-year awards, but I do love these kids and trust God with their lives.


I don't drink coffee, brew craft beer, own skinny jeans, or know what pilates are. Sorry.


I do love the gospel, my family, the church, and Bostonians.


I also repent a lot, read a lot, speak a lot, host a podcast, and play a little pickup here and there. I also wrote a book called What Church Can Be: An Optimistic Vision. I think you'd like it!

18 years ago an unexpected call to church planting interrupted the other plans I was laying down for my life. It was the best interruption ever. No one has benefited more than me, hands down, from the Spirit bringing Seven Mile Road into existence. We are a family of churches built to love and lead New Englanders to the real Jesus. I serve the life and mission of our Melrose congregation.

Here are are some of the folks
Jesus has made me family with.

At Seven Mile Road, we are convinced that we can do more and better gospel work together than apart. To get there requires doing the hard work of living in supertight community. Here's some of the crew that's given themselves to that work with me.