Matt was born in McMinnville, Oregon and raised in a Christian home. At age 17 he remembers the night he prayed in the car with his youth pastor to receive Christ. He remembers that step of moving from the understanding and familiarity of church and the bible to surrendering all to Jesus. After graduating from McMinnville high school he met his wife Frankie and they were married in 1996. The next year they moved to Bend, Oregon and were blessed with 2 amazing children: a son named Myles, and a daughter named Grace. Eventually they felt the Lord prompting them back to the Willamette Valley. As long as they have been together Matt and Frankie have loved the experience of serving in ministry, opening their home for bible studies and outreach, and looking to be used by the Lord in whatever capacity He wills. In 2011 Matt graduated from Cornerstone School of Ministry, and this was also the year that Matt came on staff at Calvary Corvallis. The Axtell’s now reside in Corvalllis, Oregon.