Paster Matt Fox was born in Japan to missionary parents in 1954. They moved back to the United States when he was almost 6 years old. His father went to work at Pepperdine College, and co-pastored a church in Los Angeles. Matt went to school in Inglewood, California during a time of social upheaval, and it was there at a very young age that he was exposed to, and caught up in alcohol and drugs.
When he was 15 years old he gave his life to Christ in a parking lot after an evangelistic meeting at the Anaheim Convention Center. Despite the fact of giving his life to Christ, with no real guidance spiritually, he soon found himself back in the music and party scene. When he married his beautiful wife Terry, and was an expectant father, he began to really evaluate his life. Terry was showing interest in the Lord, but Matt was so turned off by church as he knew it, that he was not interested in attending church anywhere. When she received Christ as her Lord and Savior it had a tremendous effect on him. He agreed to let a Bible study take place in their home to help others around them. He became very interested in what was being taught, and soon they began to go to church as a young family. By the time they had three children, they had been involved at their church in Grants Pass for eight years, and Matt was serving in multiple areas within the church. Still, something was missing that he couldn’t put his finger on. He knew Jesus, but wasn’t growing, wasn’t sharing his faith and witnessing.
In 1992 Matt and Terry started attending Applegate Christian Fellowship. God was doing a powerful work there through pastor Jon Courson, and they began to grow and learn, and experience the “abundant life” that Christ spoke of in John 10 that was missing from their lives before. It came through the verse by verse, Holy Spirit empowered, teaching of God’s word. For many years God had been calling Matt into ministry, yet he had no idea what that would look like. He spoke to pastor Jon about the desire in his heart, and pastor Jon thought Matt should go out and start a church. So, in 1997, with fervent prayer and faith, Matt and Terry moved to the southern Oregon coastal town of Bandon. It was there that they started Bandon Christian Fellowship with ten people.
As time went by, they witnessed the Lord’s hand working in amazing ways, bringing more and more people. Additionally, they operate Kaffe 101, an outreach coffee shop in downtown Coos Bay that also houses the Word of Life Christian Bookstore.
Paster Matt's desire above all is to see Jesus Christ magnified and known in this world. That lives would be affected by His gospel and word. That His church would bear witness to His awesome power, great mercy, and grace.