“Greetings to you and blessed to be a part of Wightman United Methodist Church! My name is Matthew (Matt) Donovan and I was raised in nearby Irmo, SC. My wife, Amyrose (Amy), is from the Federated States of Micronesia. We both love to worship our Creator in song and are so glad to help bring another dimension of worship and praise at Wightman.
I grew up mainly focused on making music. Piano, guitar, drums; which led me to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After becoming a born-again believer in 1991, I was involved with ‘The Vineyard’, which is a nondenominational church in Columbia, SC. I joined together with small home groups and the church worship team as I learned how to facilitate and enter into worship. A highlight was working on the worship team with songwriter Linda Barnhill, who wrote the modern day classic, ‘Glorify Your Name’. This song was eventually recorded by Crystal Lewis.
I later relocated to Charolette, NC with MorningStar Ministries. It was a great opportunity to direct multiple worship teams for their conferences. It was there I developed my writing gift and co-wrote ‘Come Let Us Go Up To The Mountain’ with Suzy Wills. This song would later be published by Integrity Music and recorded by Paul Wilbur.
Some time later, traveling also took me to Redding, California where I produced Bethel Music’s first recording ‘Undone’ with Brian and Jenn Johnson. Fast forward to 2017 and he has surely ‘worked all things together for good’, Romans 8:28, by bringing us to Prosperity, SC.
I believe the worship ministry is a vital part of any congregation and I am always looking for vocalists and instrumentalists to partner with our times of worship at Wightman.