Pastor Ellis and his family came to Grace Baptist Church in June 2018.  Prior to this, he was the youth director of Morning Star Baptist Church in West Chester, Ohio from 2015-2018.  He also served as the Principal of Lakota Christian School from its inception in 2011 through the 2014-2015 school year.  He has a B.S. in History Education from Pensacola Christian College and an M.A. in Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Antioch Baptist College and Seminary.

Matt and his wife Ashley have three children.

Matt came to know the Lord in January of 1991 at Winter Bible School at Charity Baptist Church in Clermont, Indiana.   He was called to preach in June 2016 and surrendered to that call in December 2016.