Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard has been the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Minot, ND since July of 2018.  He was previously a Pastor in Gwinner, ND, a Senior Pastor in Sidney, Montana, an Associate Pastor in Williston, North  Dakota, and an Associate Pastor in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

He received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Minot State University in North Dakota.  After a short career working as an Investment Representative for a company of AIG, he moved to Minnesota to obtain his Master Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, MN.  In 2005, a year after graduating from seminary, he was ordained into the ministry by the CLBA.  In 2013 he was certified for ministry in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  Furthermore, in 2013 he obtained a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO.  His doctor of ministry thesis was on exploring the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought. 

Pastor Richard finds great joy in speaking and writing.  You will see many of his articles and video teachings on various Lutheran Blogs and Journals.  You can also hear him on the radio and internet podcasts, speaking on a variety of topics.  And his most recent book from Concordia Publishing House, "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs," can be found at CPH.org or Amazon.com.      

Pastor Richard is married to Serenity and they have three children.  He enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, watching movies, writing, golfing, spending time with his family, and a good book with a warm latte!

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About the Blog

PM Notes is a blog and online resource from the desk of Pastor Matt Richard.  Its current readership is around 15,000 pageviews per month.  The threefold purpose of the blog is to: evangelize individuals who are caught in Moral Therapeutic Deism, provide comfort to "Post-Evangelicals" in the Gospel and strengthen Monergists in the Lutheran Confessions.

The blog originally began as a result of weekly devotional thoughts, called PM Notes that were sent out to parishioners through email.  After the challenges of keeping email addresses up-to-date, the complications of spam filters and the plethora of devotions, it was decided to compile all the material into a centralized location.  The devotional thoughts continue to this date yet through this new medium of blogging.  Since beginning the blog, it has expanded to include archive pages that hosts several hundred articles, teaching sheets, and other various resources. 


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