History OF THINK ETERNITY
Matt and Michelle Brown's heritage is one of rich spiritual roots, and a strong picture of many Christian denominations coming together.
It is no wonder their passion is to unify churches and denominations around the gospel, and carry the message of Jesus to those outside the Church.
Matt's ethnic heritage includes Italian Catholics who were known for praying for their future ancestors, and German Mennonnites, including one ancestor who served as the first missionary to China for the Anabaptist Mennonite movement in 1909 and even spent time in prison for spreading the gospel.
Michelle's family comes from a long line of preachers. One of her ancestors was ordained by John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. Michelle's grandfather, G. Mark Denyes was the founding Pastor of Emmanuel, a mega-church near Minneapolis. He served as the Lead Pastor, followed by Michelle's dad. Together, they led the church for a half century - seeing the church grow from a handful of families meeting in a home, to what is today one of the largest Assemblies of God churches in the nation.
Matt and Michelle were both impacted by a several year revival called "Monday Night Jam" that took place just before their twenties in the town of Delano, Minnesota. God moved powerfully on a group of catholic youth who met for a weekly worship night. This student-led gathering soon included band members from various denominational backgrounds, including Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, Assemblies of God and Evangelical Free. For several years, 4-600 students gathered in worship each week in a Public High School with a student body of just 650 students. Church groups drove in from hours away for a one hour worship gathering, as news spread of how God was moving. For an entire school term, zero disciplinary problems were reported in the public high school. Many students experienced a profound presence of God, many Biblical miracles took place, and countless people turned to follow Christ as a result of what took place.