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Nonfiction Book Award Status: SILVERNonfiction Book Award - Silver Winner - 150


Unexpected Connections is about the epidemic of social isolation, the redemptive power of relationships, and God’s perfect timing.  

In this book, author Matt Peacock details how the Lord led him and his missions-focused team on a fascinating journey to fight the plague of isolation in central Texas. But there was a big twist. No one could have predicted the actual destination.  

If you’re involved with church leadership, missions and outreach teams, a nonprofit ministry, or any type of Christian organization, the messages in this book are designed for you.  

This faith-filled tale will deliver inspiration and innovative strategies to help you elevate your own missions activities. Beyond that, it may forever change the way you look at community partnerships to serve those in need.  

Packed with heart-warming stories, startling discoveries, and the jaw-dropping results of Kingdom-powered collaboration, Unexpected Connections is the book everyone involved in ministry really needs right now.

Author Bio

Matt Peacock is the Founder of Partners in HopeLake Travis and has been the Executive Director since 2014. Prior to that time, he was the Lead Pastor for the Church at Bee Cave (Austin, TX). His previous roles include Discipleship and Missions Pastor with the Church at Canyon Creek (Austin, TX), Discipleship Pastor with Mountain View Baptist Church (Tucson, AZ), Youth and Administration Pastor with University Baptist Church (San Antonio, TX), and Youth Pastor with Bee Cave Baptist Church (Austin, TX). 

In addition to serving with these congregations, Matt has been a leadership instructor with Concordia University and a workshop leader for conferences sponsored by the Texas Christian Community Development Network (TXCCDN). Throughout his ministry career that started in 1994, Matt’s pastoral duties have included preaching, teaching, counseling, mentoring, missions and outreach activities, discipleship, leader/team development, community collaboration, strategic planning, financial administration, and staff/volunteer oversight. 

Matt earned a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX) and a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas State University (San Marcos, TX). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK).  

Matt and his wife Cynthia have two grown children, Nathan and Kennan, as well as an 80-pound German Shepherd who fully believes she is a lap dog.  


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