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Rev. Matthew Ruffner was called and elected by the PHPC Congregation on April 19, 2015 as our Pastor.
Matthew was most recently Associate Pastor for Mission at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, a position he had held since 2011. He holds degrees from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC (Bachelor of Arts: History and Religion, 2005) and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA (Masters of Divinity, 2010).
After completing his studies at Columbia Seminary, he worked as a consultant for the Cousins Family Foundation in Atlanta, assisting with the Cousins Fellowship Program for Seminaries. While at Columbia, he served as an Admissions Associate for the seminary as well as Director of the Sunday Night Youth Programs at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. He also had two posts at First Presbyterian Church of Hartsville, SC: Seminary Intern, and then Interim Pastoral Leader (Summer 2009). In the summer of 2010 he served as a Chaplain Intern for Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Matthew is married to Sarah Conley Ruffner, a Physician Assistant specializing in cardiology. They have a daughter, Olivia, and son, Elliott.