Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Matt loves people! 

Being a pastor allows him to work with a great variety of different people and cultures.
Having been a basketball coach and general contractor prior to entering the ministry,
God has uniquely equipped him with the practical experience necessary for relating to different people.
With a friendly smile and an upbeat spirit, Pastor Matt will be a great mentor and friend to your family.
You can contact him by email or phone .
He would love to be able to answer any questions you have about the ministries of IBC!
  1. Pastor Matt preaching the Word
    Pastor Matt preaching the Word
  2. No one is too old for kids' songs!
    No one is too old for kids' songs!
  3. Pastor with preachers at a tent revival
    Pastor with preachers at a tent revival
  4. Singing with kids is one of Pastor's favorite things!
    Singing with kids is one of Pastor's favorite things!
Pastor Matt grew up in the southwest Minnesota town of Sleepy Eye, and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 7. After graduation from Sleepy Eye Public School, he followed the Lord's leading to Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, where he studied Bible & Missions. Through church friends he met his wife, Ellen (Nichols), a Christian elementary school teacher, and they were married June 15, 1991. The Lord has blessed the Lendts with four wonderful children, 2 boys and 2 girls, who all love God and desire to please Him with their lives. Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara, CA has been the place where the Lord has led the oldest 3 children to train for their futures. We praise Him for how He has used GSBC to continue to mold their lives.

1 Timothy 1:12 "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;.." After graduation from Bible College in 1992, the Lendts served the Lord faithfully for 20 years in their local churches before God took Pastor Lendt from his construction business and put him in the ministry as a full-time pastor. In October 2012, Independent Baptist Church of Ramsey, MN, called him as their pastor. His desires are to win souls for the Lord Jesus Christ, to edify the saints, and to reach the city of Ramsey for God's glory. His love for God's Word and his flock are evident in his energetic preaching and sincere shepherd's heart.

The Lord has given Pastor Matt an intense burden to reach Ramsey for Christ, and his vision for building this local church is Spirit-led and exciting. We are thrilled to see God working in our midst and rejoice at the way He is growing IBC.