Matthew Eckert grew up on St. Catharines, Ontario. Both of his parents were involved in education and he enjoyed growing up with three sisters.
After obtaining a BSc in Ag and a Masters in Business from the University of Guelph, Matthew enjoyed a 12 year career in banking, both domestic and international. During that time he married Janice and they have two children, and now a daughter-in-law. In 2004 he made a career change, moving to London to become a pastor at North Park Community Church where he currently is the Executive Lead Pastor. He obtained a Masters of Theological Studies as well as a Doctor of Ministry.
Matthew led a movement at North Park in 2007 that guided the church to engage in the city of London more intentionally. The church currently partners with 8 non-profit organizations with Mission Services being one of those organizations.