Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, Pastor Matthias grew up in a God-fearing home and was saved at an early age. He felt a strong pull towards being a missionary to the US since he was sixteen, and along the way he has done everything from command a tank in the German Army to wash windows to put himself through school, including a master’s program at Grace Theological Seminary. After serving as a missionary in over 16 countries—and meeting his wife in Hawaii and proposing to her in Costa Rica—Matthias made his way to the States by way of pastoring a church in California and planting a church in Austin, Texas. Eventually he, his wife, and his four children came to Seattle. After pastoring Mars Hill Church in the heart of Seattle’s downtown, he became pastor at Cross and Crown. Even though he’s been all over the world, Matthias’s heart for Seattle is undeniable, he is even beginning to root for the Seahawks —despite the fact that he prefers the football you play with your feet.