I live in South Bend, Indiana with my wife Melissa and our youngest child, Joshua. We launched our older two, Meghan and Nicholas, over the last three years. I am an Episcopal priest serving as rector-pastor at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. My loves include raising our wonderful kids, making dinners with Melissa and entertaining friends, contemplative prayer, going for long runs, preparing for my annual half marathon, reading obscure religious texts, wine making when I have access to good grapes, keeping my 1972 Volvo 164e running, and being pastor of my congregation.
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You can read a more professional bio about me on our church webpage. It’s copied here below.
The Rev. Matthew Cowden, Rector, Saint Michael and All Angels, South Bend, Indiana
Fr. Cowden began his ministry at Saint Michael’s in 2009. His primary work is as pastor to this thriving congregation. Together, priest and people, they have revitalized outreach ministries, expanded musical programs for worship and public performance, discovered new ways of having fun and fellowship, and walked through a successful Capital Campaign to create greater financial stability for the future of God’s Kingdom at Saint Michael’s. Fr. Cowden is a trainer in the Diocesan-Congregational Development Institute courses (D-CDI) for the Diocese of Northern Indiana; the diocese’s primary training ground for revitalizing parishes. In 2010 Fr. Cowden was elected to the Standing Committee and in 2011, Bp. Little appointed him to the Commission on Ministry, specifically to serve as a liaison between these two bodies. Fr. Cowden is serving as President of the Standing Committee of the diocese. Regionally, he is the diocesan representative to the Executive Board of Province V. He also serves as Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2015. Fr. Cowden is deeply committed to the diocesan youth and Camp Mack and has been actively involved at camp for the last four summers; as camp counselor, chaplain, and morning program performer. In 2012, Fr. Cowden was selected to take part in the Lilly funded Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program, Cohort 3; a group of Indiana pastors dedicated to enriching the life of their congregations and the cities they serve in.