Matt Caward
Matt Caward

Matt Caward

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Introduction: Matthew Caward has spent more than 2 decades ministering and encouraging Firefighters, firefighter families and members of his community after they have endured hardship or suffered loss in this very challenging life. Whether it’s serving as a soldier, a pastor, a firefighter, a business owner, a coach, a father, or a husband of 25 years, Matt has devoted his entire life to serving his family and his community in many different capacities. Motivating and inspiring individuals, families and audiences when he has the opportunity to speak, to rise up out of the ashes of destruction or turmoil and to let God's amazing and powerful Grace breathe new purpose for your life and renew youth share that Agape love with the rest of the world to see and benefit from. After heading off to College to play football and baseball in Kansas he met the love of his life and married her the next summer. Matt and his wife Crystal started their family early as Matt began his service in the US Army Chaplaincy Corps. Matt spent the next 6 years serving soldiers and families as a Chaplain’'s assistant stationed stateside in Alabama. Matt then moved to Arizona to spent the next few years as the manager and director of a large christian youth camp in Paulden, AZ. Eventually Matt would find a new calling in the Fire Service, which led him to New Mexico where he would serve as a full-time Pastor and professional firefighter for Bernalillo County and Mountainside UMC respectively. In 2007 Matt was certified as a Fire Service Chaplain By the International Association of Fire Chaplains and began the very first Chaplaincy program in the BCFD’'s 50 year History. Matt would make history by being pinned as the very first Fire Chaplain and 3 years later be named as the department’s very first full-time Chaplain. Matt has served faithfully in the New Mexico community since 2003. His Fire Career has been exemplary earning honors as Firefighter of the year in 2008, being certified in multiple aspects of the job including Fire Department Engineer, then as a company officer at the rank of Lieutenant and a promotion to Captain in 2018. Matt’’s passion continues to be service to his fellow man, service to his family, his brothers in the Fire Department and this community. Matt works tirelessly to improve the departments’ morale, teamwork, and communication skills and ultimately inspire members and families to achieve and reach their dreams by first coping and then overcoming even the greatest of heartache and tragedy. With his extensive background as a firefighter, company officer, speaker, teacher, motivator, business owner, Father, Husband, Pro Football player, professional football coach, including the first professional sports Championship in the state of New Mexico, and 25 years in ministry as a pastor and counselor, Matt has honed his skills to motivate, encourage and inspire audiences and people who are often difficult to motivate. With his passion and experience Matt connects with people immediately and delivers content, guidance, advice and leadership that can help inspire people to overcome and rise up in the midst of tragedy or reach beyond their expectations to the heights of their goals and dreams. Matt is an ordained minister. A graduate of The College of the Open Bible in South Carolina with both a Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Biblical Theology. He is also a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's degree in Fire Administration and has a Masters degree in Business Administration from California Coast University.
Overview

Hired 25 times

Serves Edgewood, NM

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1 employee

23 years in business

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Chantel T.
May 15, 2022
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Our wedding went very smooth & with Matt’s officiating it was beautiful. It was exactly what we wanted. Thank you for giving us a the perfect day we will always remember!

Details: Wedding • Christian • 101 - 150 guests • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Teresa B.
Oct 4, 2021
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Matt Caward was really excellent in every way! We are so very happy that we selected him to marry us!!

Details: Wedding • Christian • 21 - 50 guests • Help writing vows will be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Luke M.
May 29, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Worked with me and was punctual and flexible.

Details: Elopement • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Alex G.
Feb 4, 2019
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All, Matt added an enormous amount of value to our wedding day,, he listened to our intentions and sculpted out a perfect message for us and our families.. we would highly recommend Matt's service and sincerely endorse his professionalism. Thank you Matt and God Bless you and your family..

Details: Wedding • Non-denominational (mentions God) • 21 - 50 guests • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Robert P.
Feb 13, 2015
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Because of time restraints we were not able to hire Matt, but he was extremely gracious and understanding in his emails. If we decide to renew our vows in a few years, he will be the person we will contact. Best wishes. The newlywed grooms from Dallas.
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I am very willing to work with any budget. My normal fees are $150 to reserve the day and help with planning and $150 due at the reversal or wedding. Counseling sessions are $150 ea for 90-120 minutes. Everything else is by appointment.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Would love to meet with you and discuss your very special day or individual needs. Be it a wedding or spiritual advice or professional coaching. God can do and change anything in our lives. We were meant to walk through this together.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Ordained Pastor, Biblical degree, Honorary Doctoral certification, over 25 years of ministry experience. Professional athlete and coach. Professional business owner. Nationally trained and certified leader. Military service and professional firefighters training and officer development certification.

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