GOD IS THE FOCUS...
WE ARE JUST HIS VESSELS
Missionaries are often seen as special people with a special call from God. We see ourselves as a regular family that is striving to obey God. Though we may lead the Reach Maui Ministry, we are by no means the hero of this story.
God, as you may know, is the ultimate hero. He died, was buried, and rose again for the sin of all mankind. He is the one who gives each of us the ability to be a part of His church. As a part of His church, He has given each believer a command to share His message of Hope (The Gospel) with everyone.
Our desire is to help God’s church reach the people of Maui with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Reach Maui isn’t possible without the Gospel of Jesus and the support of God’s people.
MORE ABOUT THE BRUNK FAMILY
DOB: November 23
Matt was raised in a small country town in the state of Maine. As a child, he was raised in a Christian home in which his dad was a volunteer youth leader. At the age of ten, Matt was saved and soon after accepted the call of God to missionary work.
Pursuing God’s will, Matt attended West Coast Baptist College from 2009-2013. There he earned a BA in Missions. During Matt’s childhood, God burdened him to reach the local people of Hawaii. As he attended West Coast, God brought several people from Hawaii across his path. As Matt continued to trust God, the door was opened Matt’s senior year to become the youth pastor at Ohana Baptist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii.
While attending college, Matt met his wife Katie and the two married in June of 2014. Over a four-year period, Matt and his wife led the youth, singles’, and young marrieds’ groups at Ohana. This hands-on ministry training helped Matt grow and develop into the preacher he is today.
In October of 2016, their Pastor (Wayne Surface) spoke to Matt about heading out to start a church. After prayerful consideration and counsel, God made it very clear that this was His will. From this direction of God, Reach Maui was born.
Today Matt is as passionate as ever to reach the local people on the islands of Hawaii. He is still motivated by what God placed upon his heart as a child, “People go to vacation there (the islands of Hawaii), but who is reaching the local people?”
Education: BA in Missions at West Coast Baptist College
Experience: Neighborhood Bible Time (NBT), Youth Pastor, Singles' Pastor, & Young Married's Pastor
DOB: April 12
Katie grew up in the state of Connecticut. As a young girl, Katie was saved and baptized. By the time she was a young teen she already had a heart for missions. This desire along with the counsel of her pastor led her to attend West Coast Baptist College. During her first year there she met Matt. Two years later (2014), with the approval of several counselors, they were married.
Today Katie enjoys being a mom and supports Matt in reaching Maui with the Gospel.
Education: 2 Years at West Coast Baptist College
Experience: Church Secretary & Pastor's Wife