Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Admissions Counselor

BA, Seattle University, Business Administration E-Commerce Info-Sys and Humanities, 2009; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, General Studies, Current Student

Serving with DTS since: Fall 2014

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Hello from Dallas! Thanks for visiting the DTS Admissions team site. My DTS journey has truly been an amazing one. Leaving a business-consulting career in Seattle for Dallas was by far the greatest leap of faith that I’ve ever taken, but it has been worth it. Like anything that God leads you through, seminary will build your faith. I often tell new students: “Let God interrupt you,” recognizing that He gives good gifts while guiding you along the path that He’s deemed best for you. I’m thrilled to be a part of a wonderful team of Admissions Counselors who wish to come alongside of you as you explore the possibilities of seminary education. The Lord is with you on this journey that you’re about to embark on, and it’s my desire to see how DTS can help equip you for the ministry work He has called you to do.

One of the things about DTS that I appreciate the most is its commitment to its mission to equip godly servant leaders for the proclamation of God’s Word. No form of biblical study is complete without application, and I’ve been blessed to study and serve with students who wish to demonstrate the gospel with their lives and not merely their talk. During my undergraduate studies, one question was repeatedly asked of us: “How will your education be used to serve others?” At DTS, I have enjoyed seeing the hearts of students and professors who seek to take the theological knowledge that they have acquired and serve their respective communities so that they might win people to Christ. Many of the courses are beginning to incorporate service-learning components, allowing for immediate application of the concepts we learn in class. I’m grateful to see DTS fulfilling its mission in this way.

I’ve grown at DTS not only because of our rich curriculum and dynamic professors, but also by being surrounded by so many awesome brothers and sisters in the Faith who represent such diverse backgrounds and experiences and who desire to be used by God. My time at DTS has been such a blessing. I’m excited for what the Lord desires to accomplish through you, and I’d love to hear your story and discuss how a DTS education might be able to provide any additional tools you may need as you walk out your ministry calling. Grace & Peace!

What are your hobbies or outside interests?
Singing, playing the saxophone, drawing, building model kits, basketball, flag football, playing chess, and almost anything related to aviation (I love airshows).

What made you decide to go to DTS?
Growing up, many of the preachers and scholars I followed had something in common: “Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM.” These were men and women who consistently proclaimed God’s Word with boldness, yet with a humility that reached the heart of the everyday person. I knew that I needed a seminary that would rightly handle God’s Word but also equip me to share it with boldness and humility for the everyday person.

What do you do on your day off?
Sleep is a precious commodity…

What are your favorite foods?
Tacos, Burgers, Breakfast Foods, BBQ, and The “Jim” from Hypnotic Donuts ☺

What is your favorite television show of all time?
There can’t be just one here… a few that come to mind: The Pretender, A Different World, The Wonder Years, and Star Trek.

What is the best part about working in the DTS admissions office?
Working with a team of men and women who share pastoral hearts and desire to help bring out God’s best in people: whether prospective students or fellow team members. It’s fun to see the Lord open doors in the lives of the people you serve while simultaneously developing your relationship with Him.

What is your favorite piece of literature?
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.

What is your favorite quote?
“Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.” Psalm 25:12

What is your favorite musical artist/group/genre of music?
I love Christian Hip-Hop & Neo-Soul, Jazz, R&B, Funk, and Motown.

Who is the person you admire most and why?
Any and all men that have demonstrated both the gospel and biblical manhood through the following: life on life discipleship, sacrificial leadership, protection, providence, discipline, and genuine love throughout my life. I thank God for them constantly and pray that I daily model the same.

Who is your favorite Bible character and why?
Daniel. It takes unbelievable humility to serve as the most influential person of the kingdom but bear the title of 2nd in command: all the while moving forward in complete faithful reliance to God only as He reveals His sovereign plan. Faithfulness and humble reliance on the Lord are two areas that I constantly seek to develop.

If you could have superhero powers, what would they be?
Tactile healing: the ability to sense, triage, and heal any physical or psychological infirmity/injury, no matter how severe, with a touch (including myself).

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Honestly, anywhere warm with a coast where I can enjoy a good sunrise or sunset. Perhaps a villa on a tropical island in the South Pacific or the Caribbean…