At the age of fifteen, Matt received Christ as his Savior and surrendered his life to the Lord to be a preacher of the Gospel. In the fall, following high school graduation, he attended Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana. While in college, Matt ministered to the inner city youth of Chicago through the bus ministry of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Theology, Matt entered the ministry full-time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Calvary Heights Baptist Church and Calvary Christian School. There he served on the pastoral and school staff where his duties included: Bus Ministry director, Junior High Bible teacher, elementary P.E. teacher, and assistant football coach.
In February of 1999, Matt married his high school sweetheart, Sheri. Later that year, along with Pastor Warren Johnson, Matt and Sheri started Gospel Light Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. For over nine years he served as assistant pastor where he worked with the youth, bus ministry, and was the manager of several projects.
Following God’s leading, Matt entered the pastorate in January of 2009 at the Old Fashioned Baptist Church in Palestine, Arkansas. While in Palestine, the Crouches were blessed to see the congregation grow, as well as lead the people in making many capital improvements to the church property. In 2010, in addition to pastoring, Matt became the assistant high school principal of Calvary Christian School in Forrest City, Arkansas. There he received his certification from the American Association of Christian Schools in Bible. For three years he served as the Bible teacher, chapel director, high school basketball coach, P.E. coach, public relations director, and managed the renovation of the school’s chapel building.