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Jul 1, 2021



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Matthew Hooper


Matthew’s personal and professional pursuit of holistic growth are at the center of his life and work with others. He holds degrees in Communication from Biola University (1994) and Christian Ministry and Leadership from Talbot School of Theology (2001). Spiritual Development and Pastoral Counseling were the specialized emphases of his graduate work. Matthew also received a certificate in spiritual direction from the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in Los Angeles. Currently, he is studying to complete a doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership at Azusa Pacific University.

Over the past 17 years, Matthew has cultivated his vocation toward influencing the holistic development of emerging adults, leaders and professionals. In 2016, Matthew launched a professional consulting business (TRACK 3 Leadership Development) integrating insight from leadership, psychological, and theological perspectives for the purpose of holistic growth in individuals and groups. Recently, Matthew has excelled as a primary group facilitator for Growth Skills Foundation.

He finds unique inspiration for his work in creation, music, spiritual friendship and the daily pursuit of humility as the highest virtue for human growth and spiritual flourishing. Matthew, his wife, Sheela, and their three children, Annie, Breeana and Jarren, live, work and play in Sutter Creek, CA.




MINNEAPOLIS, MN — August 28th, 2021

— DENVER, CO — September 18th, 2021

— PHILADELPHIA, PA — October 2nd, 2021

— NEW YORK, NY — October 16th, 2021

— PHOENIX, AZ — November 20th, 2021

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Show Notes:


  • Text “DAD” to 651-370-8618 to join the text list and for all dadAWESOME day updates!
  • Sign up for the F4F 100 mile Ride by
  • 5:51 - Traveling with 6 people to 48 states in 4 months
  • 7:54 - Four principles to order our thoughts and decisions
  • 8:58 - Principle #1: Missional - Bringing Christ's kind of love and and the peace and joy and life of the kingdom, wherever we went
  • 11:07 - Principle #2 - Being Adventurous - meaning to kind of push ourselves to do things we weren't normally doing 
  • 11:31 - Principle #3 - Positivity - "if we're going to be missional and adventurous, we need to stay positive because we know that at some point this experience is going to be stretching." 
  • 12:11 -  Principle #4 - Stretching - "Life is stretching and what we need to do is own that that is true and not live in an illusion that life is not that. So life is stretching. If we stayed here, there would be elements that would be stretching about that. If we go, that's going to be stretching and maybe even be more stretching. But the reality is life is stretching."
  • 13:17 - "the daily pursuit of humility as the highest virtue for human growth and spiritual flourishing."
  • 13:52 - Flourishing as a dad
  • 13:58 - "When you tilt your mind and heart toward flourishing with your intense thinking and your intentions, you are aligning with the power of God's image in us and for Christ followers and the power of the Spirit in us and between us in terms of his his community as people."
  • 16:41 - What is stopping dads from flourishing? Pride (lack of humility) and lack of vulnerability
  • 17:08 - [Humility is] Seeing ourselves accurately in relation to ourselves, God and others." 
  • 20:46 - Book recommendations for flourishing, humility, ownership:  John Townsend - Hiding from Love  & Henry Cloud - Changes that Heal
  • 22:17 - Tips and tricks to traveling as a family in a trailer


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