Contemporary Christian Musician, Songwriter, Hymn and Worship Leader
Matt Papa is a songwriter, worship leader and author whose heart longs to see people from every corner of the world set ablaze by the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. It is his passion to lead people into an encounter with the risen Lord. His latest project “Church Songs” offers five new hymns co-written with Matt Boswell and Aaron Keyes.
Matt has ministered all over the world alongside gifted communicators such as David Platt, John Piper, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Rick Warren, Tim Keller, David Nasser and many more.
“Hymns take longer to write than a typical song,” says Papa. “A song like Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor took years to write because it needed some life experience, some liturgy, and a lot of theology to get it completed.” “Another song on the project called Hollow is one I have been leading at conferences and churches for the past few years and it has taken a couple of turns lyrically but every time I would lead it, people would ask how they could get it so I knew its message was connecting and that would be a song worth chasing.”
While the evangelical church began using hymns in early days for congregational singing, many of the church’s artists and songwriters have lost hymn writing as a practice. Today’s modern church is seeing a resurgence of liturgy and hymns.
Papa has had the opportunity to teach a number of songwriting and worship conferences as well as lead disciple now events and retreats for local churches around the country. These gatherings have allowed him to mentor young songwriters and inspire church worship teams to pursue the heart of God, chase songs and to find a voice for their own art.
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“Matt Papa cares about the glory of God…He cares about you and me getting to grips with that glory….Sometimes as preacher, sometimes as prophet….with kindness, seriousness, and love…”
Christian Worship Leader, Singer, Songwriter, and Author
“Matt Papa is a man on a mission … He has been undone by the soul-piercing glory of Jesus Christ and wants everyone who comes near him to join him in worshiping Him….”
Director Sovereign Grace Music
“I have know Matt since he was about 17 years old and through all these years, I have had great respect for his maturity, passion and desire to exalt Christ in all he is and all he does. It is great to have him leading with us regardless of it being a large stage or a small intimate crowd. Matt knows who he is and who he is leading for.”
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