Rev. Dr. Matt Tittle

"May love be our guide, passion be our strength, and courage be our way."

About Matt

Rev. Matt

In December 2013, Matt retired from parish ministry and moved to Austin, TX to pursue some new adventures. He has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in New Zealand, New Jersey, Texas,  Illinois, and Indiana.

Ministry is a third career for Matt. He is a 2004 graduate of Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. Matt was previously an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the assistant director of the Univ. of Illinois Campus Honors Program. He earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Univ. of Illinois in 2001. Matt also holds an M.A. in the teaching of Russian from the Univ. of Illinois, an M.A. in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a B.A. from the Univ. of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the U.S. Defense Language Institute, and is a certified teacher for grades 6-12. Before his academic and ministerial careers, Matt served on active duty as a naval officer for over eleven years and as a reservist for another nine years. He retired from the Navy in 2003 at the rank of Commander. During his naval career, he served as a nuclear weapons inspector in Russia; conducted research for the Department of Defense POW/MIA Office; saw combat action in Grenada and Lebanon; and had the opportunity to travel to over thirty countries on five continents. Most of his military service was as an intelligence officer specializing in Soviet/Russian military affairs.

Matt grew up primarily in Charleston, South Carolina. He co-authored Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership (UUA, 2009), and co-edited Bless All Who Serve: Sources of Hope, Courage, and Faith for Military Personnel and Their Families (Skinner House, 2010)Matt is also the author of Taking Back Faith: Heretical Thoughts for a New Century (iUniverse, 2006), and Stanley, the Very Fine Squirrel (Xlibris, 2012).

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