Rev. Matthew Gildner

?????????????????On the 8th of April, 1972, I came into this world in the bustling city of Jacksonville, Florida.  The first years of my life would teach me to be strong and to never give up hope as I suffered at the hands of an abusive step-father and a non-caring mother.  After this ordeal, my mother found a great man that helped her sober up and accepted me as if I was his own child.  My teenage years would be spent looking up to this wonderful man who was more than my dad, but my friend.  He taught me duty, honor, loyalty, and respect just as he had learned in his 22 year career in the United States Army.  He also taught me about faith, love, kindness, and patience as a member of the United Methodist Church.

After graduating High School I joined the U.S. Army as an M1A1 Abrams Tank Crewmember and during my brief time in I learned that there was so much more to the world than the Christian point of view.  After my discharge from the service I experienced a life altering event when a pick-up truck hit me on my mountain bike and shattered my left ankle.

It was after this that I met my first room-mate and Pagan friend, John. He taught me that there is duality in nature and the world and I embraced the Goddess and the God because I had grown weary of the politics and hypocrisy of the church. For many years I searched for the right path for me, practicing Heathenism, Wicca, Eclectic Paganism, and Native American Spirituality.  During this time I met my first and second wives and they blessed me with three beautiful children.

In 2006 I was Ordained online with the Church of Spiritual Humanism and have been providing spiritual support to the communities that I have lived in, providing opinions on beliefs, faith, and emotional subjects.  Here lately I have found my soul-mate and she has blessed me with three more wonderful children from a previous marriage and I love her and them as my own.  Shortly after doing some self-searching in my own beliefs and faith, I discovered that I left Christianity for all the wrong reasons and rededicated my life to Jesus Christ and God.